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

We experienced today one of those extraordinary sudden changes to mild weather. While the temperature in my room was 45 it was actually 50 outside. The air felt quite warm when one went outside. It was calm till night when the wind rose but there was no rain. I saw 9 town cases + spent the afternoon reading in the kitchen. Bella1 was still in bed but improving. Helen2 + I dined at Wellwood. The Patons3 were there + there was the usual house but a very happy house!

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

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

3 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1838-1929), sisters living on their own means

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

Published by


Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s