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

After a miserable night I could hardly look at breakfast. Kept the house again. Got the list of accounts made up + with David’s1 help got the county ones sent off. D [David] had no country work. There were several more town messages. Mrs McGuire2 called to see me. She is leaving the Railway Hotel3. She and her husband have taken the Waverley Hotel, Bonnyrigg4. Helen5 was down at Elmpark6 for tea. Mrs Dubs7 was to be there. The snow, which was lying all over this morning, had almost completely disappeared by night.

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

2 Not identified and the Editor cannot find evidence of anyone with this name or variants at either of the premises noted below

3 On leaving Selkirk Railway Station and heading along Station Road the hotel was on the right side of the road, see Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, surveyed 1930, published 1932

4 The Waverley Hotel was and still is (2020) No. 88 Dundas Street (corner of Waverley Terrace), Bonnyrigg, Cockpen, Midlothian and was very close to Bonnyrigg Railway Station on the North British Railway’s Peebles Branch, see Ordnance Survey 25 inch Edinburghshire VIII.10 revised 1912, published 1914

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

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

7 Margaret Forsyth Dubs, formerly Smith, née Arthur (1853-1935) who married, 2ndly, 1909 at Blythswood, Frank Albert Dubs (1860-1920), retired engineer, around the time that he moved from Glasgow to Yair Mansion, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire; she had moved to a house called Woodbourne at Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Renfrewshire by 1925

[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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