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

No frost but a dry dull morning with some sunshine after midday. Very pleasant. Saw Mrs Moffat1, Backfeus at 9+ she died at 9.30. Saw Agnes Wallace2 + diagnosed appendicitis which Dav.3 confirmed + operated on her at 5 p.m. Motored up to Oakwood. Mr Linton4 much better. Then ran out to Grundiston Height + from the high ground on Sintonparkhead5 got a nice view of the hunt. The meet was at Riddell + Helen6 cycled over to it with Miss Watson7, the lad McIntyre’s nurse who is at Viewfield8. Met Charles Plummer + his little boy riding + Mrs P. walking!9

1 Beatrice Moffat (about 1841-1921), died 19 February 1921 at Back Feus, Selkirk, aged 80 [1921 778/ 15 Selkirk]

2 Agnes Wallace is not identified

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

4 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk, see diary entry for 17 February 1921

5 Assume Synton Parkhead, grid reference NGR NT488,214, though which of a number of high places in this vicinity Dr Muir is referring to is not evident

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

7 Miss Watson is not identified

8 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (1920) premises

9 Assume Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948) with one of his two sons Charles Andrew Scott Plummer (1912-1959) or Walter Scott Plummer (1913-1945), and Muriel Grace Scott Plummer née Johnstone-Douglas (1874-1961)

[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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