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

Another fine day with a constant sunshine + not quite as cold as yesterday. Lovely moonlight. Dyspeptic from drinking a lot of milk on Wed. + Thursday nights. Cycled to Rockville1, Shawpark2, Hospital + Faldonside (Mrs Maycock3). Was in Town all afternoon making out a statement of accts moving to the patients whom David4 visits or sending accounts [?]5. Helen + Nancy6 went for a walk + had tea with Bell Harkness7.

1 Assume a visit to Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer; he was in fact the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

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

3 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

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

5 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnery was reorganising its paperwork and one of the changes agreed was a restructuring of their accounting to reflect more clearly the respective work of the two medics

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter

7 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929), whose daughter Ella Fairbairn Harkness (1893-1915), woollen millworker, had died in distressing circumstances in 1915, aged 22, and the Muir family appears to have shown Bell support by getting together with her each year around the time of her daughter’s death

[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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