11 December 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another foggy calm moist cold day + some drizzle at night. Saw two or three walking + motored to the Firs1 + Oakwood. Mr Linton2 much better. Was not out in the afternoon. Arranged some bills + mourned over the amount of my taxes £102.19.8 ½ ! Helen3 came home at 6. The Clark Coupers4 called + with them a Miss Jardine5 whom I once attended at Thornfield with chicken pox.

1 The Firs, Selkirk was the home of Patrick Smith, advocate, Alice Smith née Paterson and their daughter Alice B S Smith

2 Assume Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Oakwood, Selkirk

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

4 Assume Christina Jane Couper née Clark (c.1850-1925) and her daughter Evelyn Susannah Couper, sometime Clark Couper (1872-1927); the family had been living at Thornfield, Selkirk in the 1911 Census but after the Reverend David Couper, Christina’s husband, died in 1913 the two women appear to have lived in Peeblesshire

5 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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