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

A mild dry day (S.E.) till evening when it drizzled. Saw a town list of 9, walking to Buccleuch Road, Dunsdale + Spion Kop. In afternoon cycled down to Tweed Toll to see James Linton1, a road foreman, belonging to Selkirk but who has been away for years. David2 was shooting with Inch at Broadmeadows3. I was in the Chair at the Burns Supper. There were about 80 present. Constable, Traquair4 had the toast as he had 10 years ago. It was a pleasant evening. There was a lot of singing, good + indifferent. Downie5 the grocer was the great find with recitation + his own composing. Dav. was down at the Asylum at a whist party. H + B6 + Mack7 went to the Picture House.

1 There were two individuals named James Linton at Selkirk in the 1881 Census, James, aged 32 and James A, aged 1

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

3 John William Gibson Inch (1866-1932), farmer, at Broadmeadows around 1916-1920

4 George William Constable (1853-1927), JP, FSI, of Traquair Bank, Traquair [1921 VR011200022-], factor, sometime of Traquair Estate Office

5 George B Downie, grocer & wine & spirit dealer, 6 West Port [Slater’s Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland, 1903]

6 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

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

[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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