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

It was quite mild today + the snow had quite disappeared from the nearer hills. I finished all I had to do by 12 o’clock + set to to transfer all current accounts from the old to the new ledger. Got letters from Dora + Barbara1. Helen2 + Winifred3 had tea at Dandswall4 + went to the picture house at night with Nancy5. Got note of Burgh account which are [sentence left incomplete].

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), his eldest granddaughter who had gone off to Paris in 1921

2 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

3 Margaret Winifred Armitage (1874-1970), daughter of William Armitage, cotton merchant, and Margaret Petrie Armitage; her sister Dorothy had married Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, the son of the Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir, Dr Muir’s brother, and thus Dr Muir’s nephew

4 Dandswall, Shawpark Road, Selkirk, appears at this time to have been home to Malcolm Murray Thorburn (1889-1977), manufacturer and Tenant Occupier [1921 and 1922 Valuation Rolls, VR007900012-/322, Selkirk Burgh, page 322 of 644] but by 1923 it had been purchased and occupied by Miss Elizabeth Douglas Ballantyne (about 1879-1950) [1923 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/457, Selkirk Burgh, page 457 of 644] and the Editor is sceptical as to how closely in practice one can rely on Valuation Rolls to track the date of such changes

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

[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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