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

Frost holding in morning but gradually gave after midday. Was able to cycle to Philiphaugh Cottages + High Faldonside (where I saw Bell the gardener’s wife + Jessie Boyd1 who is in a great funk about being put on a list of jurymen) + Bridgelands. I enjoyed the run the roads being fairly good. Made out a few accounts. Dav. at 2 T. + A.s at the Home2. Nancy walked to Lilliesleaf + back. Helen + Barbara3 were at Mrs Harkness’ for tea4. I actually got some snowdrops in flower at Faldonside + the winter aconite was out too.

1 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

2 Tonsils and Adenoids

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

4 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929); her daughter Ella Fairbairn Harkness had died in 1915 aged 22 of phthisis pulmonalis and there appears to have been continuing contact thereafter between Mrs Harkness and the Muir family

[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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