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

A dull Misty day, raining almost constantly but calm S.E. to S.W. David1 being home I had not as much to do + saw only a few town cases. Did some clerical work. Wrote Mrs Baptie thanking her for the grapes2 + began a letter to Patrick3. Sent Dunlop4 a copy of “Robbie Doo.”5. Helen6 supped at Viewfield. David came up + we talked over the cases.

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

2 Mary Jane ‘Molly’ Baptie née Inglis (1876-?1961), from Selkirk but married and living in South Africa had sent a box of grapes to Dr Muir, see diary entry for 28 April 1921

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

4 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk; just conceivably Charles Bertram Dunlop (1877-1956), his son but he was born in Yorkshire and even as late as the 1939 England and Wales Register he is still living there

5 ‘Robbie Doo’ (1912) by Joseph Laing Waugh; Robbie Doo was a stone-mason in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

6 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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