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

A rather better, still foggy but dry: pavements have not been dry for nearly a week till today. Walked to Hudson1, Buccleuch Road (rather better or at any rate no worse), the Firs, Forest Road, Ettrick Terrace, Curror Street. Attended meeting of Hospital Comttee at 2.30 re a gardener + economic working. Edgar2 was squashed. Saw Mrs Thomson3, Backrow after + swotted away at my speech. Was called out at 8.30 to Geo. Lunn4, High Street. He was quite unconscious + I suspect cerebral haemorrhage. Helen5 + [illegible] took train to Boleside + walked to Melrose + back to Boleside. They had tea at the Crystals6.

1 Annie Hudson née Lynch who had been ill after the birth of her daughter Agnes Lynch Hudson on 12 December 1920

2 Not identified

3 Not identified

4 George Lunn was Tenant Occupier of a shop and house at 4 High Street, Selkirk (as well as a number of properties in Back Row), 1920 Valuation Roll

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

6 The Crystal or Chrystal household is difficult to pin down (though it has been referred to in the diaries before) but the Reverend James Robert Chrystal of Woodlea, Melrose died at Melrose in 1930

[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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