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

Complete change to mild, temp. 500 without any wind or rain. The pavements got a little damp but the roads had been so dry that there was no mud. Motored down to Mauldsheugh1 to sign papers for David’s Territorial Appoint[ment]. He also showed me the books in which he keeps the expenses. words deleted Came back to Ashybank where Bella2 said there was a message to Brunton but she was wrong + I found out through the exchange that it was Johnstone + had to go back. Then I went up to Oakwood. Read up for my lecture in afternoon. Barbara3 came back from her visit to Sarah Stick4. H. + N.5 cycled to Kirkhope Manse. Mrs Mack6 came to high tea + gave us some lovely salmon.

1 Mauldsheugh, Selkirk was the home of Dr Muir’s co-partner David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), M.B.

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

4 Sarah Swinburn Stick née Twentyman (1877-1963), based in Lancashire and Cumberland; her connection to Dr Muir and his daughters is unclear, though she is a similar age to the latter

5 Assuming this is the correct reading this is Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s third daughter/sometime housekeeper and second daughter respectively

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

[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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