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

Weather the same. Dry, sunny + a sharp S.W. wind: cloudier at night. I had a good deal to do + took the motor. I first walked to. Havel Place, Oakhurst, Heathpark + Tait’s Hill + then motored via Forest Road + Yarrow Terrace to Ettrickhaugh Cottages, Philiphaugh Cottages, Beechwood, Philiphaugh + Oakwood + after lunch to Briarbank, Whitmuirhall (where I saw Chas. Dunlop1) + Lilliesleaf. Helen2 had supper at Viewfield3. She + Bella4 were busy cleaning the drawingroom. Nancy5 came home today + looked me up at night. She has had some grand walks in the Cumberland Hills.

1 Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk

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

3 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital

4 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

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

[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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