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

This was the 5th consecutive day without sunshine. The W.C. [weather cock] pointed S.E. but there wasn’t a breath of wind. The smoke from the chimney went up in straight columns. Saw Mrs R Dickson1 with Nurse Beck2 + one or two others. Motored to Heatherlie, Faldonside + Hospital. Miss Dees3 keeping a little better. Intended having an afternoon writing + began a letter to Patrick4 but was called out first to Mrs Millar5 (Ronaldson), Bridge Street + then to a boy McDonald, Clifton Road. Felt a cold coming on + did not go to the surgery for consult[ation]. Helen at Picture House with Nancy6 + a Mrs Brown7.

1 Not identified

2 Elizabeth Fyfe Beck (1865-1954), nurse, born Dumfriesshire, died Ceres, Fife; the Southern Reporter, 10 August 1916, describes her as a District Nurse at Selkirk before she was released to take up military nursing

3 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

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

5 Margaret Helen Campbell Ronaldson (1899-1972), woollen weaver of Bridge Street, Selkirk, had married James McKay Millar, wool cleaner, on 6 May 1920 at Edinburgh; she was the daughter of David Ronaldson and Margaret Ann Ronaldson née Brown, married 1898, Selkirk

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

1 Not identified

[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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