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

Torrential rain during last night. Roads washed + much cleaner. Flooding at Dunsdalehaugh. Ettrick [Water] very heavy. Kept fair during the day. Saw 14 cases cycling + went to Bridgelands (Mrs Paterson1) intending to go out to Faldonside but at the Railway Bridge, on trying to ride through the pool under the bridge, I had to dismount up to my knees in water + therefore turned home. Met Will. Bowden2 + Mrs Milne3. Mousey4 seedy + has cystitis for which I gave her Urotropine. Along with Jack, Nancy, Barb. + Jock5 I motored to supper with the Patons6.

1 Not identified

2 William Douglas Davis Bowden (1875-1944), civil servant, born Edinburgh, died Hobsburn, Hobkirk, Roxburghshire, sister of Mary Lee Davis Milne née Bowden, he was a civil servant and had been working in Sierra Leone, arriving at Liverpool 30 November 1920 on board S.S. Abinsi, at this time of the African Steamship Company Ltd. (Elder Dempster Lines)

3 Mary Lee Davis Milne née Bowden (c.1873-1948), Serbian Cross of Mercy, St George’s Medal, sometime cook with Scottish Women’s Hospitals and at Bridgeheugh, Selkirk around 1920; the daughter of the Reverend John Davis Bowden and Margaret or Barbara Bowden née Lee; she had married the Reverend James Alexander Milne in 1906, Morningside, 685/6 204, but was widowed before going to Serbia with Dr Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals

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

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and two of their children Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg and John ‘Jock’ Roberts

6 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census] and at Galashiels since May 1918

[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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