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

Letter from Patrick1

Snow fell heavily … from 7 till 10 + everything was coated [?] white. By 3 p.m. not a trace remained + there was bright sunshine with a shower of rain. I saw 14 town cases motoring + also Beechwood + finished early but had to go out afterwards, first to Lang2 , Castle Street + then to Jessie Robertson3, Bleachfield Road. Made out list of accounts + estimated the income of 1920-21 to be not less than £27664. Was called out late to Thomson5, Kirkbank Cottage, who had symptoms of appendicitis, gave him an enema with much relief.

1 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

2 Not identified

3 Assume Jessie Wight Robertson, later Kemp (1888-1966), daughter of Neil Robertson, engineer, and Helen Robertson née Brown; Neil was Proprietor Occupier of a house at 11 Bleachfield Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll]

4 Though Dr Muir’s figure may be an unadjusted one, and bearing in mind that the income will be shared, by comparison in 1920 a tram driver might have hoped to earn 30s a week or about £75 a year [Source: Hansard ‘Average Weekly Wages’ House of Commons Debate 30 July 1925 vol 187 cc671-3W]

5 John Thomson, chauffeur, Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house and garden Kirkbank Cottage, Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/162, Selkirk Burgh, page 162 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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