14 March 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Raining off + on all day but not cold. Made 17 town calls walking, arranged + paid some accounts. Viewfield repairs have cost me £35 to £40. John Walker1, the Glebe, very ill. He was pretty comatose. Peggy Lockie2 fading away. Roger Quin3 called again evidently looking for a tip. Gave him 5/- [shillings]. Helen4 went to a Unionist lecture + entertainment in the Union Hall.

1 John Walker (about 1839-1921), retired joiner, married to Mary Inglis, stayed at 20 Glebe Terrace, Selkirk; he was suffering from a cerebral haemorrhage and died on the 16 March

2 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-1921), daughter of Walter Lockie and Margaret Lockie née Scott and a power loom weaver, of Forest Road, Selkirk

3 Roger or Rodger Quin or Quinn (1850-1925), Dumfries born but staying at this time in Selkirkshire; known as the Tramp Bard or Homeless Poet; Dr Muir had given Quin money and/or alcohol on previous occasions

4 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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