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

Mild: dull, damp, calm + some rain at night. [Wind] N.E. Motored to Forest Road, Oakwood, Forest Road, Boleside [and] Ashybank. Banked Banked [sic] £214 odd + drew money to pay 6 months books + accounts. Was in the house all afternoon working at my lecture for tonight which went off all right. Called at Elmpark1 with Mousey2 to say good bye to Mrs Mack3 who presented me with another bottle of /75 Madeira4 +c +c.

1 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), whose generosity was referred to by Dr Muir on more than one occasion as ‘the Magic Cave’

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

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

4 An 1875 Madeira would by no means have been regarded as too old as it is a famously long-lasting wine

[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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