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

Another showery day. At times the rain was very heavy but there were some blinks of sun between. I was not out of the town. Andrew Brown1 pretty ill + very delirious. Saw him twice. Finished posting April + got book ready for June. David 2 did Oakwood +c. Helen + Nancy3 walked to Ettrickbridgend to get rooms for Bella 4 which they secured at Miss Kennedy’s 5. Helen came home with a blistered heel. Helen came home with a blistered heel.

1 Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, resident Dunreay, Selkirk

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

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and, Dr Muir’s third and second daughters respectively

4 Assume Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper but whether this is for recuperation (she had poor health) or a holiday is unclear

5 Mrs Annie Isabella Kennedy, recorded as tenant of property at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope in 1924, was widowed in 1921 but it may be that an unmarried daughter was managing the family’s affairs [1924 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/476, Selkirk County, page 476 of 611 1911] Census?]

[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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