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

Hard frost again but less rime + consequently drier roads. N.W. [wind]. Message to see Tom Dunn1 before breakfast. Found he had severe cerebral haemorrhage + right hemiplegia with aphasia. He was almost completely unconscious but recovered a little. Saw him 4 times. Motored to M Glendinning2, Peelburnfoot + in afternoon to Ettrickbridgend to see [illegible] Mrs Smith3 living with Tom Mitchell4 + then to Henhouse. Helen5 had a tea party [illegible] 10 ladies. Went to lecture by Mr Jardine6 of Berwick.

1 Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921), druggist, chemist and Registrar, of 9 High Street, Selkirk

2 Michael Glendinning, retired farmer, of Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish [1919 Valuation Roll] and formerly the tenant at Williamhope [1905 Valuation Roll]

3 Betsy Ann Smith née McKenzie (about 1838-1921), widow of John Smith

4 Jane Kennedy Mitchell, wife of William R Mitchell, timber manager, was proprietor of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope identified as property No. 121 on the 1920 Valuation Roll and only named “Fairholme” on the Valuations for 1923 onwards

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

6 Not identified

[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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