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

Some snow lying on Tennis Green this morning + on Peat Law1. The former soon disappeared. Curiously there was none on Bowling Green. I was not out of town. Saw some 13 cases. Saw John Gray2, Mavisbank 2x. Wrote Miss Lockhart3. Paid Muir’s & Graham’s account to Walt. Dobson4 + Mrs Geo. Thomson5. Got on with posting of December into Ledger. Helen went with Mrs Mack6 to a performance of “Eliza Comes to Stay”7 in Victoria Hall. Got letter from Lizzie Guthrie Smith8 yesterday.

1 Peat Law, WNW of Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT443,307

2 Assume John Muir Gray (1915-1984), son of Andrew Gray, weaver, and Margaret Tully Gray née Falside; he was born at Curror Street but the family was living at 7a Mavisbank, Selkirk in 1920

3 Not identified

4 Assume Walter Dalgleish Dobson (1861-1936), master tailor

5 Not identified

6 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

7 ‘Eliza Comes to Stay, A Farce in Three Acts’, 1913, by Henry Vernon Esmond (1869-1922), British actor and playwright; it was later a film

8 Assume Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie (1858–1926), Dr Muir’s niece

[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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