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

Some frost last night but the wind round to S. + S.W. + the temperature decidedly higher. It was a delightful sunny day. Cycled in town and to Lowrie1, Philipburn, Beechwood, Bluecairn. Pulled some Cowslips + another blue flower for Jean2 in Bowhill. Dora3 left at 2.40 + took them in. Was 3 [times] at the Home4 seeing Fell5. Got the County accounts put up for posting. At 8.30 got message to Tait6, Howford Cottage + motored up. Lovely moonlight. Helen7 supped at Viewfield.

1 Not identified

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

4 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital, now the Andrew Lang Unit

5 Thomas Fell (about 1857-1923), retired gamekeeper, married to Jane Ismay and living at Bewlie Mains Cottages, Lilliesleaf

6 Agnes Tait née Doherty (1887-1955), wife of Robert Tait, ploughman

7 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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