8 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A most perfect day. How I wished it had been such a week ago! There was constant sunshine + a little S.W. breeze. Cycled to Rockville1, Market Place (another Wylie2 with Diph.), Hospital, Forest Road, Beechwood + Black Andro Cottage. At latter saw John Hogg3 (formerly Chapel Street) on behalf of the Co-op Insurce Soc.4 Went up the hill a little + enjoyed the lovely landscape + the autumnal tints. Dora5 ‘Phoned the astounding news that she had left Mrs Ritchie6. She says what Mrs R. wants is a Lady’s maid.

1 Rockville, 44 Hillside Terrace, Selkirk, home of Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer

2 James Wylie, labourer, was tenant of a house at Market Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/110, Selkirk Burgh, page 110 of 644]

3 John Hogg is elusive, not showing up at either Black Andro or Chapel Street

4 Co-operative Insurance Society

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

6 This was indeed astounding because Dora had only left for Mrs Ritchie’s home after lunch on the 6 October 1921

[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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