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

A little frost this morning which did not last. I expected to see snow lying this morning but there was just a sprinkling on Peat Law1. It kept quite fair. I got a message to see Mark Sprot2 + motored there + Lilliesleaf. Took tea early at 1 + then motored to Faldonside to see Mrs Howison3 + sent Baptie4 up for Jessie Boyd5. She, Helen6 + I went + heard the band of the S.G. [Scots Guards] in Victoria Hall, a magnificent performance. They were all in uniform. We had seats in the front of gallery. We had a small dinner party for the Thorburns7. Nancy8, David [?]9 + Charlie Roberts10 were with us. Under Helen’s excellent management it passed off very well. Simpson11 waited + Bella12 was able to give a hand. Jessie Boyd stayed all night.

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

2 Mark Sprot (1881-1946), landowner and army officer, of Riddell, Lilliesleaf, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Catherine Margaret Howison or Howieson (1921-?1978)

4 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

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

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

7 Assume Malcolm Murray Thorburn (1889-1977), manufacturer and sometime soldier, and his wife Mary Alison Brodie; at Dandswall, Shawpark Road, 1921 Valuation Roll

8 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

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

10 Charles Henry Roberts (1877-), tweed manufacturer

11 Simpson appears to have been the housekeeper at Wellwood, home of Dr Muir’s daughter, she is otherwise unidentified

12 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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