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

No fog but a good deal of rain + much colder. Clear + starry at night. Saw half a doz. town cases + was twice at Church. – children’s day. Mrs Harper1 very poorly: great sickness: rather better at night. David is afraid Amos2 may lose his foot. Supped at Wellwood. Wrote Jean asking her to come here with Pike3. Wrote Agnes Logan4 + David Ingles5. Sent out cards for Colporteur fund6.

1 Margaret Jane Harper née Lyle, of Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, wife of John Johnstone or Johnston Harper (c.1851-1932)

2 John Amos, shepherd, had suffered a very serious compound fracture and dislocation at Glengaber, Yarrow on 14th October 1920; he was “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Glengaber, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, and her husband Frederick Charles Pike (d.1921), theatrical agent

4 Agnes Logan (fl.1920), daughter of Alexander Stuart Logan (1810-1862), advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire, and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousin

5 David Nicholson Ingles (1888-1943), A.R.H.A., Selkirk-born artist who was doing Dr Muir’s portrait

6 Colporteur, “A hawker of books, newspapers, etc. esp. (in English use) one employed by a society to travel about and sell or distribute Bibles and religious writings.” Source O.E.D.

[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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