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

Mostly dull but no rain, temp. medium. Was not out of town except to walk as far as Linglie Cottages. Gave Mrs Richd Dunn1 Chlor[oform] at Viewfield for Curetting. Got March [accounts] half posted with ledger. Banked David’s2 4th instalment of £147 – 11 – 7. Helen3 motored to Ovenscloss where there is a school for training Girl Guides4. Letter from Jean giving a rather poor account of Pike5. Was called out 11 p.m. for Mrs Wm Walker6, Curror Street.

1 Assume Agnes Ralph Dunn nee Waldie, widow of Richard Hewat Dunn (about 1846-1899); they had married 1887 at Earlston

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

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

4 This school has not been identified

5 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval) at Newington, Edinburgh

6 William Walker, millworker, was Tenant Occupier [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/178, Selkirk Burgh, page 178 of 644]

[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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