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

An absolutely perfect day. There was hardly a cloud in the sky all day. The wind was N.E. + just enough to temper the heat. David1 being here I hadn’t much much to do. Saw about a dozen cases cycling. Charlie Spittal2 ’Phoned that he + his wife + Gladys were coming to Melrose + would come here for tea, which they did. Charlie + I walked down to the cemetery to see his father’s tombstone3. Gladys has grown into a tall girl. She is one day older than Barbara4. In the afternoon in the afternoon I walked out to Greenhead + had a most glorious view. Dora5 had tea at Lauriston6. Nancy7 + Barbara came to tea with the Spittals.

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

2 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Spittal, rancher and accountant, who came back to the UK to fight in the First World War; he was married to Frances Hay Wilson and they had a daughter Gladys Stuart Spittal, later Lilleide (1902-1971)

3 Charles Grey Spittal (about 1836-1891), sheriff substitute of Selkirk 1881-1891; at his death he owed Dr Muir £32 5s

4 Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Lauriston, Heatherlie, Selkirk was the home of Katie Smith née Locke (c.1854-1934) and family; she was the widow of Thomas Smith, woollen manufacturer

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