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

Letter from Fanny Ord McKenzie1

Saw a few town cases + spent most of the day elaborating my speech for tonight. Fowler2 called for me + introduced Mr Waugh3 + we went up to the Union Hall which was packed. Waugh’s lecture was very entertaining but I found a scene from “Robbie Doo”4, which I had already read, rather wearisome. This was a delightful calm day with signs of frost at night.

1 Frances Gordon ‘Fanny’ Ord MacKenzie née Rennie (1864-1948) sometime of Headley Mount, Hampshire; daughter of the Reverend James Rennie and Catherine Stewart Rennie nee Muir and thus Dr Muir’s niece, she had married, 1889, Montagu Allan Ord Mackenzie, East India merchant and banker, son of William Ord Mackenzie of Culbo, M.D., Deputy-Inspector-General of Army Hospitals

2 Perhaps William Fowler (about 1863-1933), Inspector of Poor and Registrar, Selkirk

3 Joseph Laing Waugh (1868–1928), wallpaper merchant and author, born Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

4 ‘Robbie Doo’, 1912, by Joseph Laing Waugh; Robbie Doo was a stone-mason in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

[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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