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

A very strong N.W. gale raged all night + most of the day but eased towards evening. David1 returned from Ed. [Edinburgh] at midday. I saw a few cases walking + cycled twice to Hospital for Matron who got her face badly scalded. Helen2 + Winifred3 went with the Elmpark4 party motoring to the meet at Haining Gate5 + went round by Lilliesleaf. In the afternoon Winnie went for a walk on the hill with Keltie6.

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

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 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

5 Haining Gate where the track that runs in a south easterly direction across the Haining estate debouches onto the Selkirk-Hawick road opposite the road to Clerklands

6 Keltie was a dog, presumably belonging to the Muirs, who has been referred to previously in Dr Muir’s diaries

[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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