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

A dull drizzling day: very dark in morning. Louise1 still ailing. She had a pain, rather suspicious of appendicitis but it passed off + she was able to be up at night. I spent most of the day at the record cards with several interruptions. There was a party at Wellwood for Barbara’s birthday2. The girls were Molly Steedman3 (a giantess whose I did not recognise at first), the girl Brown4, Kathleen R5, Miss Brodie6, the Smiths7, Maisy Somerville8: Dav. + Norah9 + with them his brother + Rodericks [?]. Mrs R being the daughter of Jo. Carmichael10 who once stayed at Broadmeadows Cottage + a Mr Francis11 from Dandswall: Mrs Mack12. They danced in the lounge + it went very well. I was called away to see Robert Tait13 at Goslaw Green.

1 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter

2 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

3 Mary Aline Steedman (1904-1993), sometime of Ravensleigh, Selkirk, daughter of James Strathearn Steedman and Mary Isabella Jameson Hay; she died 22 December 1993, in Chegutu, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

4 The girl Brown is not identified

5 Kathleen R is not identified

6 Miss Brodie is not identified

7 Assume the Smith family of Lauriston, Selkirk

8 Assume Margaret ‘Maisy’ Somerville (about 1900-), younger daughter of the Reverend James Somerville, minister of the West U. F. Church, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, and his wife Agnes Somerville née Clark

9 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner and Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), his wife

10 John Carmichael, his daughter and her husband are not (yet) identified

11 Mrs Francis is not identified

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

13 Robert Tait, powerloom tuner, was tenant of a house at Goslaw Green, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/224, Selkirk Burgh, page 224 of 644]

[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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