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

Mild windy wet! Rained the whole day without ceasing. Was not out of town. Assisted David at amputation of Jamie Douglas1 remaining foot which was done under Special anaesthesia. It was wonderful to see the patient reading the Scotsman all the time. Boylan2 called when I was beginning my lunch+ remained all afternoon + had tea with Helen3. He has sold Shawmount to Oliver4 + Shawpark + 51 acres to a man Beech4 from [illegible]. Helen + Nancy5 walked out to Slade6 to see the hunt.

1 James Douglas is not identified

2 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk; that he stayed all afternoon fits with Dr Muir’s previous description of Boylan as a windbag “Boylan kept me a long time with his gassing” [diary entry 2 October 1915]

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

4 Shawmount appears to have been sold to James John Oliver, Jessie Aitchison Oliver and Jessie Murray Oliver, farmer [1923 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/427, Selkirk County, page 427 of 611]

5 The sale of Shawpark does not appear to have gone through as described [1923 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/427, Selkirk County, page 427 of 611]

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

7 Perhaps Whitslaid, Ashkirk which is now spelt Whitslade

[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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