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

Incessant heavy rain from 9 a.m. t 6 p.m. + we congratulated ourselves on yesterday’s experiences. I saw 4 town cases + motored to Lilliesleaf where I forgot to see Mrs Bell1 the policeman’s wife yesterday. Went to evening service with Dora2 + Boyack3.

1 Margaret Smith Bell née McFarlane, whose son Walter Anderson Bell was born 15 August 1921 at the Police Station House, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire [1921, 795/ 9, Lilliesleaf]; she had married George Bell 29 November 1918 at Callander, Perthshire (presumably because he had survived military service in the Army Service Corps) and by 1921 George was Inhabitant Occupier of the Police Station House, Lilliesleaf [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/554, Roxburgh County, page 554 of 993]

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

3 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who had previously stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

[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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