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

A dull calm sunless day: pretty cold. Roads A1. Saw only three town cases + cycled to Oakwood. Mr Linton1 not quite to well. Came back to Philiphaugh. Sam Steel2 ‘Phoned me to see the footman to know if he was fit enough to go to London tomorrow. Dav. has seen him. Had a crack with Sam. Got hurried message there to Brunton3, Cannon Street but it was only a child with jaundice. Was in the house till evening service. Mrs Mackintosh4 came to supper + as we had her fish + wine, Helen5 remarked that she was our “sole (sup)port”!

1 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk

2 Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

3 David Wilson Brunton (1886-1962), coachman and chauffeur, was Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Cannon Street, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/382, Selkirk County, page 382 of 611]; married 16 June 1910 to Margaret Lourie, their children appear to have been born at Clovenfords, Caddonfoot, and one, Ann Ure Brunton (1911-1921) was born there 3 July 1911 but died in 1921, aged 10

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk; so famously generous that Dr Muir called her house ‘the Magic Cave’

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

[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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