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

Another fresh blowy day. Wind more westerly. Helen went to Edin. with Mrs McIntosh at 11. I got a message to see pauper at Bewlie Mains. Cycled over. The roads were very stiff + I soon found I was out of condition. Came back to Lilliesleaf to see Birrell1 about removing the woman Agnes Scott2 (who has cancer uteri) to Poorhouse. Living next door to her at Bewlie Mains I found Fell3 who used to be gamekeeper at Philiphaugh. He seems to have made Jack’s acquaintance at Easter Lilliesleaf4. Got some more accts seen to. Had a call from Boylan5 + his son Jack6 who is home from India.

1 Andrew Birrell (about 1857-1950), schoolteacher, sometimes described as headteacher, at Lilliesleaf, 1891 Census and in Valuation Rolls 1891-1940

2 Not identified

3 Thomas Fell junior, surface man, was next door to James Scott, hedger, at Bewliemains, Lilliesleaf, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner, Provost of Selkirk and Dr Muir’s son-in-law, has presumably been shooting at Easter Lilliesleaf where Robert Currie Thomson Currie of Ontario, Canada was the Proprietor [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/550, Roxbrgh County, Page 550 of 993]

5 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir and sometime resident of Shawmount, Selkirk

6 John Dun ‘Jack’ Boylan junior (1878-1961), son of John Dun Boylan (above); Jack Dun was Deputy General Inspector of Police, Southern Range and was granted 11 months combined leave and furlough with effect from 25 November 1920 [Bihar & Orissa Gazette, 24 September 1920, quoted in The Pioneer Mail, 1 October 1920 here]

[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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