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

S.W. Gale rose during the night + there were very heavy blasts of rain all day. The river was in high flood of the cafe au lait type. I saw a town list of 22 walking besides going to see D.C.A.1 about the mistake in my feu duty last May when I paid 10 [pounds] too little. I also took out my new motor license = £13 of which I ought to get 25% rebate on account of the age of the engine2. Made out some accounts including Dees’ = £170 odd3. Helen4 lunched at Mauldsheugh5. Bella6 bad with her Asthma.

1 David Carnegie Alexander, ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor

2 Duties on licences for mechanically-propelled vehicles imposed by S.13 of the Finance Act, 1920, as amended by the Roads Act 1920 (and incorporating elements of the Customs and Inland Revenue Act, 1888) were levied by county councils from 1 January 1921

3 Robert Irwin ‘Robber’ Dees (1872-1943), had inherited approximately £90,000 on the death of his uncle Robert Richardson Dees, solicitor, of Wallsend, in 1908 and had taken the tenancy of Faldonside in 1920; his daughter Phyllis Mary Dees (1899-1920), had died 2 December 1920, Faldonside, Melrose, aged 21, after a prolonged decline the result of a motor accident

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

5 Mauldsheugh, 23 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk was the home of Dr David Charteris Graham, medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner, and his wife Norah Campion Graham née West

6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

[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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