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

Freezing on the ground + roads rather slippery but it got milder + there was a drizzly rain in the afternoon. At night it was calm, dull + mild. Wind (the little there was) which had been S. went to S.W. Walked in town, Forest Road, [illegible], Bridgelands &c. In afternoon got postal order for Martin’s + C. T. C. Macnamara2, Backrow has pneumonia, saw him twice. Ordered books for Nancy3 + Ms Mack4.  

1 Neither Martin’s nor C. T. C. are identified unless the latter is the Cyclists’ Touring Club, established in the 19th Century

2 Edward Macnamara, carter, was Tenant Occupier of a house at 53 Back Row, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll; he was not recorded after 1934 but in 1935 an Edward Macnamara, fish and chip merchant was at Howegate, Hawick and died at Murray Place, Hawick, the following year, aet 35, of pneumonia

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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