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

Cold damp sunless calm. S.W. [wind]. Pavements in morning wet. Slight rain up Yarrow. Was called out at 7.10 from Mauldsheugh (David having gone to Gala for Norah1) to see a woman who had tried to drown herself in the Cauld. When I got down she had gone home to Forest Road. It appears her name is Gibbons2. Motored to Bowhill Upper Lodge + sent Baptie3 on with Amos4 who was down from Glengaber. Baptie came back for me + I went on to Oakwood5 after lunch. Motored to Curror Street + Faldonside. Miss D.6 not so well. Helen [Muir] + I dined at Wellwood. Mrs Geo. Roberts7 there. Jack8 went to London.

1 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

2 The Gibbons family was at 27 Forest Road, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

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

4 John Amos, shepherd, was “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Glengaber, Yarrow, 1920 Valuation Roll; he had a badly broken leg

5 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

6 Oakwood was the home of the Linton family

7 Sarah Elizabeth Roberts née Sclater (1860-), widow of George Roberts (c.1842-1910), tweed manufacturer

8 Jack Roberts junior, Dr Muir’s son-in-law

[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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