1 April 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Helen1 made me an April Fool by a yarn about Mrs Mack2 being engaged to marry an elderly Edinburgh clergyman!

What a delicious change of weather! Calm, sunny, warm it was + clear. It was a joy to be out of doors. I cycled to Elmrow, Bleachfield Road, Faldonside (Roy), Buccleuch Road + Oakwood. In afternoon sat in the bower3 + read Scotsman while a Bumble bee hovered above the Catkins + the air was full of insects. At night I gave a lecture on cycles + cycling to the boys at the Club under Isa Paton4. The boys were very appreciative. Mrs Mackintosh who returned from the south last night sent me a pair of [illegible words] + a nice tie. Wrote Dora5.

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

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

3 Dr Muir has previously referred to a bower in his garden

4 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) was well known to Dr Muir but seems very elderly to be supervising a boys’ club

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, living and working away from the Scottish Borders at this time

[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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