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

A dull day with strongish S.W. wind: dust flying in the town. Some pretty heavy rain in afternoon. Flower show going on. Nancy1 again selling flowers in Market Place. Except Faldonside I had almost nothing to do. Helped Dav. at Viewfield when he removed adenoids from his sister Isa2 + curretted a woman Keddie3 who used to be at Lindean Mill. Had a surprise visit from Frank Muir4 with a relative Sir Philip Armitage5. Their motor had broken down at Hexham + they came on here by rail en route for Tibbie’s6. They had tea + then left in a hire.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

2 Isobel Anderson ‘Isa’ Graham, later Coffey (c.1896-1947), sister of Dr David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham

3 Not identified

4 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, married Dorothy Armitage, September Quarter 1909, at Bucklow Registration District [Lancashire / Cheshire] 8a 427

5 The Editor assumes that this refers to Philip Melland Armitage (1881-1927) a cousin of Frank Muir’s wife Dorothy Armitage (1873-1943) their fathers being brothers; there appears to be no evidence that he was knighted

6 Presumably Tibbie Shiels, Yarrow

[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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