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

Very keen frost: sunny calm day. No fog but there was a frost haze all day. Letter from Dora1 telling of a possible post in India under Ernest Muir2. Also saying how she had introduced her old [?] friend to the Webbs3 as her aunt + how one of them said afterwards that she was so like her aunt she would have known she was a relation! Cycled to Oakwood. Had a cigarette at Scaurhead, overlooking the Cauld which was frozen. Curling going on. Motors raising dust.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

2 This must refer to Dr Muir’s nephew, Ernest Muir (1880-1974), C.M.G., C.I.E., F.R.C.S., leprologist, based in India for many years, he was the son of the Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), presbyterian minister, and Helen Drysdale Muir née Wilson

3 This must refer to the Webb family, unmarried brothers and sisters of “Independent Means” living at 11 Priestfield Road, Newington, Edinburgh (and for whom Dora was working), being Ann Webb, Edward S Webb, Stephen Webb, Eliza Webb, Margaret McCrin Webb and Isabella Reid Webb [Source: 1911 Census], though Isabella had died in 1920

[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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