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

This was a dry coldish day with N.E. wind. The roads dried a bit. I was feeling rather better but did not really enjoy any food till dinner time. Motored to Beechwood + back to Gib. + Lum.1, Hospital + Curror Street. Got all the town accounts put up + addressed before night. Helen + Barbara2 went with Mrs Mackintosh3 to a performance of the “Lily of Killarney”4 at the Playhouse, Galashiels5.

1 Gibson and Lumgair’s factory was St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk

2 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), his eldest grandchild

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

4 ‘The Lily of Killarney’ is an opera in three acts by Julius Benedict with a libretto, by John Oxenford and Dion Boucicault, based on Boucicault’s own play ‘The Colleen Bawn’; it received its premiere in 1862 and was made into a film in the 1930s

5 The Playhouse had opened in 1920

[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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