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

Gale quite subsided: a good deal of sun. Glass [barometer] rising: roads of course very muddy. Cycled in own + round by Forest Mill to Faldonside. Phyllis1 had a sleep of 5 hours 50 minutes + was very easy + comfortable. Called at Sunderland Hall Lodge, Hospital + Mavisbank. Made out some of last quarter’s account that had been left over. Helen2 + Ailie3 went for tea at Elmpark. Bella4 I bed. Went down to Faldonside after dinner + also to Young, Lindean5.

David at a meeting in Edinburgh.

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 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

3 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne (1890-1955)

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

5 James Young was tenant occupier at Lindean, Galashiels, 1920 Valuation Roll

[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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