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

Heavy hoar frost this morning, a nice day on the whole: wind round to S but still cold. A few drops of rain in afternoon. Motored to Eastfield + Riddell Lodge after breakfast at 7.30. Then saw a few walking + cycled to Yair + Bridgelands + after tea to Yarrow Terrace, Beechwood, Old Mill Farm1, Bluecairn, Howford Cottage + Oakwood. Helen2 was at a farewell recital by Chris “Reekie” 3 at Heatherlie Church. David4 came back from Ed[inburgh] till next Tuesday. Wrote Jean5 giving report on Pike’s6 operation.

1 Old Mill Farm, Selkirk, near Philiphaugh, grid reference NGR NT448,277

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

3 Christopher ‘Chris’ Reekie (1892-1986), singer, pianist and organist, born Selkirk, served in the First World War, returned to Selkirk but emigrated to Melbourne, Australia 1921/22; he maintained a lifelong connection with Selkirk and its Common Riding through membership of the Colonial Society, his annual communication “Hands Across The Seas” at Common Riding time and a return visit aet 73 in 1966 [birth, 1892, 778/ 26, Selkirk and ‘The late Chris Reekie – an appreciation’, The Southern Reporter, 27 March 1986]

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

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

6 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

[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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