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

Quite a change. Dull sunless day with a bitter E wind. What a contrast to yesterday. Feeling much better + enjoyed my food. Saw 10 cases including Bell Lizzie Bell1, Linglie Cottages, walking + cycled to Hospital. Made preparations for a possible run to Alnmouth tomorrow (U.P.)2. Made some progress with the return for Scott[ish] Board of Health3. Dora4 went with Nancy5 to “Mr Pim Passes By6.

1 Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bell (1866-), Tenant Occupier of Magdalene Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll; daughter of John Bell, tweed designer, and Joan Bell née Scott

4 The meaning of this abbreviation is not clear

5 Dr Muir was the Medical Officer of Health for many years

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

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

6 ‘Mr Pim Passes By’ is a 1921 British silent comedy film directed by Albert Ward and starring Peggy Hyland, Campbell Gullan and Maudie Dunham. It was based on the 1919 play of the same title by A A Milne [Source: Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971]

[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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