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

A very heavy shower at 10 prevented me cycling + I motored to Scaurneuk1 + Bengerburnhope2, but there was not another drop of rain + it turned out a fine day. I was very disgusted. Got home at 1.45 + was not out again. The Patons3 left today to finish their Collecting + return by rail. David4 went off to Liverpool at night for a patient for Viewfield. Arranged a lot of Insurance Records + went on with the mileage for David. Bought an 11 lb fish at 1/- a lb. Sent Mrs Mack5 a bit.

1 John Geddes, shepherd, to 1921 and Mrs Margaret Geddes née Graham, 1922 onwards, were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

2 Assume Mountbengerhope, grid reference NGR NT303,274, the name of which Dr Muir appears to have conflated with Mountbengerburn a little to the south. Dr Muir had seen Jessie Welsh, the daughter of John Welsh on 23 August 1921

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

4 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

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

[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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