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

Glass had fallen a lot + it began to rain about 9.30 + continued steadily + gently until 3 or 4: a fine soaking rain which will do a world of good. So I had to take the car, after being at Dunreay + Viewfield + Faldonside + up by Lindean Heights to Lilliesleaf where I put poroplastic splints1 on Mrs Elliot2. Helen3 had the McCall kids4 to tea with Peter5. Davidson6 of Kelso, driving a palatial Armstrong Siddeley7, called + had tea. He was bringing up the matron of the Cottage Hospital to see her sister Nurse [illegible]8 at Viewfield.

1 Poroplastic splints were made of cotton and wool felt with a cement of shellac or other resin and had the advantages of being light, economic and porous

2 As any student of Roxburghshire would know there are numerous Elliots in Lilliesleaf and it is thus impossible to identify Mrs Elliot

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

4 The Reverend James George McCall (1234-1234), rector of St John’s Episcopal Church, was widowed in 1917 when Mabel Lovat Armstrong died in childbirth leaving children Mabel Mona (1911-), John Grice Armstrong (1913-), Alan George (1914-) and Arthur James (1916-).

5 Peter Allan is not identified

6 Samuel Davidson (1871-1958), M.D., of Kelso

7 This would have been Armstrong Siddeley’s first car, a huge six cylinder five litre 30-hp vehicle, see illustration below

8 Not identified


[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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