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

Same weather: dust at Hillside1. Walked to Rectory where I found McCall2 packing his belongings into 2 vans of Wylie & Lochhead3 to go by road to Glasgow. Boylan4 was watching also. Said Goodbye to McCall who is leaving tomorrow. Then to Hospital5. Finished my report annual Hosp. report + the mileages for David6. Dora7 spent the afternoon at Lauristons [sic]8 + came up to the Picture Ho. after. I went there with Nancy, Barbara, Tim9, Molly10, Joan Robertson11 + Kathleen12 + stood them to shilling seats.

1 Hillside Terrace, Selkirk

2 The Reverend, later Canon, James George McCall (1866-1954), sometime rector of St John’s Episcopal Church, Selkirk, had a prolonged departure in 1921

3 Wylie & Lochhead Ltd, cabinet makers, upholsterers and funeral directors, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland, see image below

4 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount and Shawpark, Selkirk

5 As is sometimes the case it is not clear whether Dr Muir is referring to Mauldsheugh, Viewfield or the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Buxton, just east of Ashburn and Buxton Cottage at the north end of the Selkirk Hills

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

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

8 Lauriston, Philiphaugh, Selkirk, was home of Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934), widow of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and some of her (adult) children

9 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior, and two of her children Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

10 Molly is not identified

11 Joan Robertson is not identified

12 Kathleen is not identified

[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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