4 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Not so fine. Some mist in the early morning + words deleted less sunshine. Coldish NE wind. Message to Mrs Dees1, Faldonside. Ran down first thing in car + took Peter2 behind3. Mrs D had a palmar abscess. Saw And. Brown4 twice (no better). Cycled to Riddell, Lilliesleaf, Midlem + Buxton5. Took my tea with me + had it in the cut down wood above Netheraw6. It was bright there. David7 at Elmpark. Miss Wallace8 came up to look after Peter. Jack, Nancy + Barbara9 there. It was Mrs Mack’s10 birthday + she gave me a great feast + loaded us with chocolates at parting. In the dining room at parting we had a tender passage!

1 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), wife of Robert Irwin Dees

2 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

3 Peter will have been passenger in a ‘dickie seat’, presumably behind Dr Muir and his driver; the dickie was a spare seat in early cars, behind the driver’s and first passenger’s cab, deployed by opening a cover built into the rear bodywork, often fully upholstered but offering an isolated and exposed ride

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

5 Buxton Cottage, Selkirk is on the road that leads past Pringle Park to the Selkirk Hills; at grid reference NGR NT483,287 it is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW published 1900

6 Netherraw, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT553,239, but the location of the woods cannot be identified

7 Jane Wallace (1874-), nurse to the Roberts family, Dr Muir’s grandchildren [see diary entries for 6 April 1915, 22 October 1916 and 7 April 1918 and 1911 Census]; she was born at Langbarns, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire

8 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir and very ill by this date

9 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior, Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their eldest daughter Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg

10 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), formerly of Elm Park, Selkirk; immensely generous, her home was sometimes described by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

[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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