4 February 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Ground all white. I thought at first it was snow but it turned out to be hoar frost which quickly disappeared. Gave Mrs R Finney1 chlor[oform] while D. curetted. Saw half a doz. town cases + walked to Henhouse (Jo. Laidlaw2). Pollok3 called about 3.30 to talk about the War Memorial. Then I cycled to Raeburn Place, Dandswall Lodge + Glenlora. Mrs And. Rodger4 + Mrs Wright5 arrived home from Infirmary. Helen had lunch at Thornfield6 + was at Elmpark + then went with Mrs Mack7 to the Gala Playhouse to see “Kissing Time” [?8]. S.E. [wind].

1 Assume Helen Fairbairn Finney née Lockie who married Robert McLaren Finney, 1898 at Galashiels; Robert Finney, tweed warehouseman, was Tenant Occupier of a house at Station Haugh, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 John Laidlaw was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Haining Henhouse, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk

4 Conceivably Mrs Andrew Rodger (May Dobson), Tower Street, who had been attended by Dr Muir previously, see diary entry for 22 June 1916

5 Perhaps Isabella Wright née Johnstone (c.1874-1923), woollen birler and wife of Andrew Johnstone, tailor’s cutter (1871-1955)

6 Thornfield, home of Charles Henry ‘Charlie‘ Roberts (1877-), tweed manufacturer

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

8 Film or play not identified though it seems there was a musical theatre event of that name in 1919-20

[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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