7 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunny calm forenoon, cloudy after: no rain: [wind] S.W. to W.N.W. Cycled down Forest Road + then to Faldonside. Miss Dees1 improving. Said I would not go down in evening unless she was worse. Was in the house the rest of the day. Sent out some belated accounts + wrote out advertisement of Viewfield for Southern Reporter: Border Standard: Hawick News: Kelso Mail + Berwick News2. Tom Alexander3 arrived at 7.30. H. + D.4 went to Picture House so we dined alone.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 The Southern Reporter (still in print in 2020) in 1957 absorbed The Border Standard (founded in 1881 as the Scottish Border Record – not to be confused with the title of the same name published in the early 1880s for the Langholm area) and at the end of February 1983 also absorbed The Kelso Chronicle & Jedburgh Gazette, which itself had inherited, through consolidation, the venerable Kelso Mail title [https://www.britishpapers.co.uk/scotland/southern-reporter/]

3 Not identified

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), two of Dr Muir’’s daughters

[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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