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

Dull day no sunshine to speak of + just a tendency to rain at night. Had to go down to Mrs Ballantyne1, Mavisbank + saw 2 or 3 others. Was to have met David [Graham, Co-partner] at Miss Scott’s, Bridgelands at 10.45 but he was called to Mrs Tweddle2, Deloraine. I cycled to Miller’s Laundry, Gib. & Lum., Faldonside + Fairnilee. At 6 Mrs Anderson3, Craighill came down with [illegible]. I took her over to Viewfield + under Chlor[oform] cleaned out a lot of rotten molar [?]. Then I dined at Wellwood Elmbank. Erskine4 + Vera Brown5 there + Barbara + Jack6.

1 James Ballantyne was ‘Tenant Occupier’ of a house at 5a Mavis Bank, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Not identified

3 John L Anderson was ‘Inhabitant Occupier, not rated’ of a house at Craighill, Ettrick, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 James Erskine Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson; at this time he was in the process of divorcing Gladys Gilroy whom he had married 1914 at Liverpool

5 Vera Watson Brown (1900-), daughter of William Brown, banker, and Henrietta Brown née Watson

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts, Dr Muir’s son-in-law, and one of his daughters Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts

[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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