1 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull, bitterly cold dry day. It seemed as if it would not come to snow. The glass [barometer] was rising rapidly + the wind was E. Saw 4 town cases walking + 4 cycling on my way to Faldonside. Found Phyllis1 very poorly + ordered her some Champagne. Saw also Howieson the butler + his wife2. After tea cycled to Smedheugh. Had to go down to Faldonside after dinner. Miss Dees had been sick in the morning but not since the Champagne. Long letter from Patrick3.

1 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

2 Not identified

3 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

[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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rumblingclint

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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