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

Some rain in forenoon but fair in evening. S.W. tending to N.W. August holidays begin: some of the Mills for 3 weeks1. Jack, Nancy, Jock2 + Donald Rutherford3 left for Cartmell + Barrow4. I had almost nothing to do. Was at Hospital. 3 Diphs were dismissed [?] on Thursday + 3 Scarlets yesterday, leaving 18. Worked all day at my record cards + finished [the letter] L. Dora5 + the Patricks6 were at Elmpark7 for tea.

1 The post-war slump appears to have prompted a number of mills to extend their usual ‘factory fortnight’

2 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, John ‘Jock’ Roberts, one of their sons

3 Donald Rutherford was a friend of Jock’s, probably from his school at Moffat

4 Cartmell and Barrow, on the south edge of the Lake District, both then in Lancashire but incorporated into the new Cumbria in 1974

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

6 The Patrick’s have proved very hard to identify, see diary entry for 5 August 1921

7 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

[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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