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

A fair + sunny day but cold S.W. [wind]. Went to morning service after walking to see Nan Rodger1, The Green, Cockburn2, Dunsdale + Scott3, Sloethornbank. The quietest day I have had since Dav.4 was called up, he being at home. Went to evening service where a Missionary from W Africa spoke of the Missionary work on the Gold Coast +c. He was a very poor speaker + I missed a good deal of what he said. Mrs Mackintosh5 + Barbara6 came to supper. The latter is alone with Tim7 as Jack8 is in London + Nancy9 has taken Louise10 back to school.

1 Nan Rodger is not identified but John Rodger, innkeeper, was tenant at No. 3, The Green [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/208, Selkirk Burgh, page 208 of 644]

2 William Cockburn, mill worker, was tenant of a house at Dunsdalehaugh, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/192, Selkirk Burgh, page 192 of 644]

3 There were two people called Scott at Sloethorn Bank, Selkirk – Miss Lizzie Scott, weaver and Thomas Scott, millworker – but Dr Muir tends to identify women as Miss or Mrs so it is more likely that Dr Muir is referring to the latter in this diary entry

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

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), a close friend of Dr Muir

6 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

7 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson

8 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law

9 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

10 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter, was at a school at Bampton in Cumberland

[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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