2 January 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull mild day: no rain + no drouth. I saw Stewart1 (who is rather better but still slightly feverish) + Jeannie Hill. Went to forenoon service with Jean + Kenneth2 + they + we had tea at Wellwood Elmpark3. Saw Agnes Durnford’s boy, a fine wee fellow4. Gave Stewart the last box of Millin’s Biscuits5. Sent Jean + Pike over to Gala in the car to catch a train which told them went to Ed.[inburgh] at 6.41 but it turned out it was 6.41 a.m. + not p.m. so they had to come back here again which they did in time for coffee. Wrote Blaike6 about Kenneth + Philip about Rob. Scott.

1 Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), Dr Muir’s grandson

2 Kenneth is almost certainly a nickname (or error) for Frederick [Pike]

3 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval) at Newington, Edinburgh

4 Stanley John Harper Durnford (1920-1995), army officer and son of Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976) and Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965)

5 Millin’s Food was a “World Famous” infants’ food

6 Not identified

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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