9 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very hard frost: red sky, dull day. W. wind. Dry. Some snow on Eildons + all hills above Foulshiels white. Mrs Geo. Smith1 doing well. Cycled in town + over to Ashiestiel to see Jenny Smith2 who is rather better. Worked on accounts in the afternoon. Helen3 cycled to Ovenscloss about the Girl Guides4. Dora5 writes that she is willing to go to Jean6.

1 Jean Robertson Smith née Hardie, wife of George Smith, see diary entries for 7 and 8 November 1921

2 Jenny Locke Smith (1882-1952), daughter of Thomas Smith and Katie Smith née Locke

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

4 The connection between Ovenscloss and Girl Guiding has not been definitively established but there is a 1945 reference to Mrs Muriel Scott Plummer (whose husband was Proprietor at Ovenscloss in 1921), presenting an award at a Girl Guides’ event [Southern Reporter, Thursday 5 July 1945]

5 Dr Muir had asked (7 November diary) Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), his youngest daughter and a nurse, to assist her sister Jean whose husband Frederick Charles Pike was gravely ill

6 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest 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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