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

Fair today + sunny in the afternoon. Very slight N to NE wind. Much pleasanter but not warm. Dyspepsia troublesome + small town list. 8 cases: saw Andrew Brown1 twice + a Miss McLeish2 with Alec Brodie3 [illegible]. Cycled to Lilliesleaf to Beatrice Gray4. Went + came by Midlem. Helen’s5 blistered feet very sore + I induced her to keep it up all day. Baptie6 motored Bella7 to Ettrickbridgend for her holiday.

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

2 Miss McLeish is not identified, see also diary entry for 1 June 1921

3 Alex J Brodie, joiner, was tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644]

4 Miss Beatrice Gray (about 1862-1940), Proprietor Occupier of a house ‘The Knowe’, Lilliesleaf [1925 Valuation Roll] but previously at Gowanlea, Cavers with her brother Peter, a farmer, and Elizabeth Gray, their widowed mother [1911 Census]

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

6 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

7 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper for whom Dr Muir had booked a room previously

[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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