4 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A miserably cold day with showers of sleet + snow. Fairer in afternoon. Breakfasted 7.30 + left at 8.45 motoring to Briarbank, Riddell Lodge, Dryden (via Middlestead) to Crosslee, Oakwood, Old Mill Farm + Beechwood, getting home at 1.15. Attended Mrs R Snowden (Margaret Stewart) at her mother’s house (primip1). Went to meeting of Panel Committee at Galashiels, + saw some cases coming home. Went to Home2 + arranged for Miss Kirkpatrick’s reception on Friday3. Notified Alex. Ford4 about his boy. Helen5 at Ovenscloss at a singing party. Nancy, Louise + Stewart6 looked in from the picture.

1 Margaret T Stewart Snowden, born 4 May 1921 place , daughter of Robert Snowden and Joan Bateman Stewart, married 1921, Selkirk

2 The Home was Viewfield, the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new cottage hospital

3 Lilias (or Lillias) Mary Kirkpatrick (1866-1950), sister of Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), M.A. (Edin.), Church of Scotland minister at Yarrow 1912 onwards

4 Dr Muir has confused the names: James Alexander ‘Alex’ Ford (1918-) was to be operated on later in the week (see diary entry for 7 May 1921) but, aged 2 years 9 months, he was not the one notified, that would have been his father Robert Purves Ford

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

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and two of her children, Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982) and Stewart Muir Roberts (1908-2003)

[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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