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

Another delightful day. Calm + mild. It was our Communion + I was all ready to go when a hurried message came to see Mrs Heard1, Castle Street. Thinking it might be a confint I went up to find it was alright there but it made me too late for church. Poor old Tom Dunn2 died at 5 this morning: another of my oldest friends gone. There is no doubt the shock of Tom Roberts’ death3 brought on his illness. I called for Miss D.4 I had also to see Robert Currie Sen.r5 with haemoptysis. Went to evening service where Smith of the Congregational6 preached. Mrs Mack7, Nancy + Jack8 came to supper.

1 Janet Louisa Heard was born 1921, Selkirk [778/ 40, Selkirk], daughter of Walter Heard and May Heard née Avery; Walter Heard was Tenant Occupier of a house at 45 Castle Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921), druggist, chemist and Registrar, of 9 High Street, Selkirk, died 13 February 1921, aged 77 [death, 1921, 778/ 13, Selkirk]

3 Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts (1850-1921), tweed manufacturer, had died on 3 February in Edinburgh

4 Miss Hyndmer Rutherford Dunn (about 1843-1922), sister of Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (above) and Tenant Occupier of a house at 13 High Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/113, Selkirk Burgh, page 113 of 644]

5 Assume Robert Currie (c.1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, of Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk

6 Assume the Reverend Richard Smith of Philiphaugh Congregational Church Manse, Russell Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/141, Selkirk Burgh, page 141 of 644]

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

8 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law

[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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