3 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another day without rain + some sunshine: cool. Guy1 + Frank2 left this morning + motored to Faldonside. Guy will go home by rail from Melrose + Frank goes to his friend Craw3 at Foulden. I cycled to Yarrow Terrace, Buccleuch Road, … +c (where I took 5 more swabs4) + Hospital. Had an idle afternoon. Put the books back in the smoke room book case. Signed + sent out a lot of circulars about the meeting at Hospital next week. Called at Elmpark5 after dinner. Agnes + Norman Durnford6 there.

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

2 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, Guy’s son and thus Dr Muir’s nephew

3 James Hewat Craw (1880-1933), farmer at West Foulden, Berwickshire; for more biographical information see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 12 September 1921

4 Dr Muir is continuing to take swabs (as tests) for the nasty outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever at Selkirk in the summer of 1921

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

6 Agnes Watson Durnford nee Harper (1888-1976), Mrs Mackintosh’s daughter,, and her husband Norman Stanley Maton Durnford (1889-1965), Major, Army Service Corps, later a businessman of Stoke Bishop, Bristol

[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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