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

The gale which rose last night had quite cleared this morning + the day was a fine mild calm one with a little sunshine: in fact a perfect winter day. There are some spears of bulbs (probably snowdrops) appearing under the weeping ash. I was twice at church which I have not been for a long time. Made 11 town calls including Hospital, Lockie1, Forest Road + Smith, Castle Street. Looked in at Wellwood2. Dav3. was at Midgehope + after getting home had to go to B’gairhill4. Mousey5 was busy with Mary Inglis6 arranging parcels for Xmas gifts for Child Welfare.

1 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-1921), daughter of Walter Lockie and Margaret Lockie née Scott, was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis

2 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and their children

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

4 Broadgairhill, south west of Over Kirkhope

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

6 Assume Mary Carruthers Ingles (1871-1954), daughter of Alexander Ingles and Margaret Ingles née Nicholson; at Forest Road, 1920 Valuation Roll she may well be the Mary Ingles with whom Jean and Helen Muir had tea on 7 October 1914

[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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