19 February 1913 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another posting in the occasional series of 1913 diary entries

Keen frost this morning + bright sunshine but dull + fresh in afternoon. Very sharp N.E. wind. Cycled round town on fine hard roads. Gave Dav. Inglis1 a half hour’s sitting + motored to Yair + Ashiestiel. Mrs Baptie2 ailing. Mary Lamb3 rather better. Jean4 walked to Melrose to see Eily5 who gave her the linen thread tablecloth of her mother’s, the linen thread of which had been spun at home in 1832.

1 David Nicholson Ingles (1888-1933), A.R.H.A., portrait artist was doing Dr Muir’s portrait

2 Mrs Baptie could be Margaret Warwick nee Baptie (1234-1913) – but she was not a patient of Dr Muir’s judging by Dr John Wilson’s certification of her death – or possibly Thomas Baptie’s wife Janet who died in 1915 but Baptie was a relatively common name in Selkirkshire (seven adult females named Baptie died in Selkirkshire between 1913 and 1920)

3 Perhaps Mary Bella (sometimes Marybella) Lamb (1890-1954) [birth 1889, 778/60, 1889, death 1954, 778/27, Selkirk]

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

5 Helen Turnbull ‘Eily’ Rodger (1844-1914), of Elmbank, Melrose; the daughter of Peter Rodger, former town clerk of Selkirk, and Jane Rodger née Henderson, thus Dr Muir’s sister-in-law

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/16, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1913]

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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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