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

Streets wet this morning but kept fair all day. Very cold: fair amount of sunshine. David [Graham] went to Yarrowford in Swift1 + I took it to Faldonside. Miss Dees2 i.s.q.3 Signed lunacy cert. for the woman Turnbull4 who has been such a nuisance bawling + preaching in the Market Place. Tom Alexander went up to Thirladean after lunch + Baptie5 went for him before dinner. Agnes Farquharson6 came to tea. We had a fowl for dinner from the Magic Cave7.

1 The Swift was a car used by the Muir and Graham medical practice

2 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

3 In Status Quo

4 Turnbull x x see diary entry for xxx xxx

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

6 Agnes Farquharson (1865-1946), presumably the same referred to by Dr Muir in a diary entry of 14 February 1918 “We had a gathering here to cake wine & coffee after. Agnes Farquharson was there: It was delightful having all my dear lassies beside me.”

7 The Magic Cave was Dr Muir’s name for Elm Park, Selkirk, the home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946) who made regular and generous gifts of food and drink to Dr Muir

[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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