A lot more rain last night + some during the day. Very mild, so much so that there was condensation outside the dining room widow. Made 4 town calls: cleared out a drawer + arranged the new insurance record cards + envelopes = a most complicated business. Bella1 up + doing a little. Nurse Smith2 from Viewfield again kindly helping Helen3. David [Graham] looked in. Got Day Book finished for year. Sent away form for Petrol Rebate. Got brace of pheasants from Duke [? of Buccleuch]. Jean + Pike4 arrived by the last train + Baptie5 met them with the car. They had a cup of tea + the New Year came in as we were all going to bed. It is a delightful feeling to have Jean here again + to welcome her husband + to realise that the temporary estrangement has so happily passed away.
1 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper
2 Not identified
3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper
4 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent had married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir earlier in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval) at Newington, Edinburgh
5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]