21 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Strongish N.E. wind: fine morning + fair till after 6 when there was some rain. I had a fine cycle run to Crook Cottage1, left at 9.30. Called at Kirkhope manse about Jeanie Amos2 whom I called for at Kirkhope Cottages + persuaded her to go to the Poorhouse + she was taken there in the ambulance. Got back at 2.45, the wind was pretty stiff against me coming down + I was rather tired + very ready for my tea. Dora + Boyack3 went to Shawpark to tea. Connie Patrick4 left this morning. David [Graham] looked in at night.

1 Crook Cottage, Overkirkhope, NGR NT217,123, Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XVII.SE, published 1900

2 Not identified

3 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

4 Constance Mary ‘Connie’ Patrick (1882-1968), born Hamilton, Lanarks, the daughter of David Patrick, writer, and Christina Robertson Patrick née Rodger, married 1874, Selkirk; she was therefore the granddaughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), sometime Town Clerk of Selkirk, the niece of Dr Muir’s wife Andrina Rodger and first cousin to Dr Muir’s children

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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