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

Not quite as dull as yesterday [and] some sunshine after midday. [Wind] S.E. Cycled to Mavisbank, Faldonside, Ettrickbank Mill. Arranged some accounts + paid several + finished up quarter’s day book. Paid 9 Guineas for Bella’s1 stay at Viewfield. Helen was at Shawpark helping to entertain the McCall kids2 who were there to tea. P.C. from Girty3 saying they were coming via Darlington + Corbridge. Sent them a P.C. [postcard] about route from Corbridge to Selkirk.

1 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

2 Assume Mabel Mona McCall (1911-), John Grice Armstrong McCall (1913-), Alan George McCall (1914-) and Arthur James McCall (1916-), the children of the Reverend James George McCall and Mabel Lovat McCall née Armstrong (c.1878-1917) who had died after a stillbirth (they had married at Southsea, 1908)

3 Assume Margaret Douglas Gillan née Ord Mackenzie (1891-1973), daughter of Montague Allan Ord Mackenzie and Frances Gordon ‘Fanny’ Ord Mackenzie née Rennie (and therefore Dr Muir’s niece); she married, 1917, James Angus Gillan (1885–1981), twice Olympic gold medal rower

[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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