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

Another fair day + without the fog of yesterday morning. A busy day. Was called at breakfast time to Mrs Henderson1, Goslaw Green who hung on all day but never required me. Cycled in town + to Curror Street, Sloebank2, Dunsdale, Bridge Street, Yair, Bogle House, Faldonside (Jessie3 in Edinburgh), Bleachfield Road + after tea to Howden, Oakwood Mill, Oakwood, Howford Cottage + Beechwood = 321/2 miles + finished quite fresh. Helen4 went with the Wellwooders5 to Picture House. Got a box of lovely grapes from Mrs Baptie (Molly Inglis) from Cape Town6.

1 Mary Elizabeth Henderson née Murray, of Goslaw Green, Selkirk and wife of Edward Henderson, foreman woollen spinner, gave birth to a girl just after midnight, see diary entry for 29 April 1921 [778/ 41, Selkirk]

2 Dr Muir has abbreviated Sloethornbank previously

3 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

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

5 The Wellwooders, of Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk were John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

6 Mary Jane ‘Molly’ Inglis (1876-?1961) of Forest Road, Selkirk married James Armstrong Baptie (1876-1951), hardware merchant or commercial agent, of Orange Grove, Bridge Street, Cape Town, South Africa on 20 July 1911 at Darling’s Regent Hotel, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, officiating minister the Reverend Andrew Ross of the Lawson Memorial U.F. Church, Selkirk

[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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