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

Mild calm sunless no rain but no drouth: very pleasant. Sun shone first before sunset. Feeling much better + enjoyed my meals. Letter from Guy1 wanting to come next week to which I replied. The Patons2 stayed on + completed their collecting. Gave boy Tulloch3 gas while Dav.4 extracted teeth. Cycled to Oakhurst, Curror Street, Faldonside (Low) + High. This was the anniversary of Phyllis Dees’ accident5 but it was not mentioned. Jessie6 has Ailie + Emma Boyd7 staying. Began to make out mileages for David.

1 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

2 The Patons were Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census], formerly of Selkirk they had flitted to Galashiels in May 1918

3 The boy Tulloch is unidentified but Joseph Tulloch, cabinet maker, was at Market Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll]

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

5 Phyllis Mary Dees (1899-1920), the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, had died 2 December 1920, at Faldonside, Melrose, aged 21, after a prolonged and distressing decline caused by a motor accident

6 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

7 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne (1890-1955) and Emma Mary Brack Boyd (about 1870-1949)

[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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