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

Dry hard frost: calm N.W. [wind]. Roads good. Had a very light day, not a single message till I was called away from Church for Mrs Marshall1, Beechbank. Sent away a lot of P.C.s [post cards] + letters for Xmas in the afternoon. Bella2 still in bed. Breakfast at 8.30 + had nothing nothing till high tea at 5. The Taylors3, Nancy, Barbara, Louise, Stewart4 + Kathleen5 + I all went to a performance of Messiah in our Church which was packed. It was a very high class performance. The soprano + alto were particularly good.

1 Assume Janet Winning Marshall née Crichton (1873-1930), wife of Robert Marshall, roadman, living at 14 Beechbank Cottages, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 The Misses Taylor have not yet been identified

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and her children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, Louisa Jane Roberts and Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts

5 Kathleen has not been 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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