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

S.W. wind still very strong till afternoon, but raining + much milder. Helen1 went to Ed. with Barbara2 + the Thornfield kids3 to the Pantomime. I saw a town list of 15 including Stewart4 who was feverish again. Gave Geo. Linton5, Ettrick Road Chlor[oform] while Dav.6 removed a toe nail. Was in the House all afternoon at accounts + books. Stamped Baptie’s + Bella’s7 Insurance cards for the last 6 mo [months]. Got form + application for motor licence.

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

2 Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), one of Dr Muir’s granddaughters

3 The children of Charles Henry Roberts and Euphemia Cranston Roberts née Greenwood, formerly of Mauldsheugh but by 1919 at Thorncroft, 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk, were Euphemia Kathleen Roberts (1905-), George Roberts (1907-) and Louisa Florence Roberts (1909-); they were cousins of the Wellwooders, Dr Muir’s grandchildren

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

5 Assume George Linton, mason, who was tenant at 20 Ettrick Road, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll

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

7 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929) and Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s driver/handyman and housekeeper respectively

[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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