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

Had not been long in bed when I was called out at 12.30 to see Mr Creighton1, Forest Road. Was rather late of rising. Cycled to to [sic] Forest Road, Glenlora2, Mavisbank, Faldonside (Phyllis3 the better for ice to her head pupils reading better) [and] Peelburnfoot. Helen4 + Ailie5 + I dined at Elmpark. Jack + Nancy6 there. Saw Mr Creighton again before dinner. D. [Graham] at Faldonside at night.

1 Walter Bowman Creighton (c.1836-1921), proprietor of a house and garden at 27 Forest Road, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]; he was a retired and twice widowed Cumberland farmer but significantly Martha S Ingles (1873-1945) who was his housekeeper (1911 Census) and his second wife Lillian ‘Lily’ Nicholson’s niece, was Selkirk born – her mother was a Nicholson too – and she appears to have inherited the Forest Road house

2 Dr Muir had been attending Sinclair Ross (c.1870-1948), Caithness born solicitor who was proprietor at Glenlora, Viewfield Park, Selkirk

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

5 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne (about 1891-1955)

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, Dr Muir’s son-in-law and daughter

[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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