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

Foggy dull day but quite dry. Read Scotsman in Smoke room. Packed my bag + took it to cloakroom. Walked along to P.O. + took car1 to Lutton Place2. Pike3 distinctly weaker. Blaikie4 called when I was there. Saw Dora5 but not Jean6. Took car back to P.O. + walked to Heriot Row + had lunch with Eva, Evelyn + Marion7. Took them a box of chocs. Came back to Picture House. + sat on there till nearly 5 quite forgetting the meeting at 4. Rushed along in a taxi + was in at the tail end. Sandy McClure8 dined with me at the Hotel + I came out by the last train, having enjoyed my outing in a way but the expense is a great drawback. It cost me £9: 13: 0 which included Dora + her friend + Matron9 to Theatre + Sandy McClure at dinner +c. amounting to £3: 5: 3.

1 Dr Muir has taken the tramcar from the Post Office at the junction of Waterloo Place and North Bridge; Edinburgh had a resasonably comprehensive tram network from 1920 when the Edinburgh and Leith systems were combined and Dr Muir would have been able to use the route out to Nether Liberton to reach Newington (there is a useful interactive map here: Edinburgh tram routes 1920)

2 Lutton Place, Newington, Edinburgh home of Frederick and Jean Pike

3 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, had married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 but was gravely ill by this time

4 Robert Henry Blaikie (about 1857-1933), M.D., F.R.C.S.E., medical practitioner, at Mayfield Gardens, Edinburgh and presumably Pike’s local doctor [1925 Valuation Roll, VR010000491-/48, Edinburgh Burgh, page 48 of 264, also 1921]

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

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

7 Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson and her daughters Evelyn Margaret McClure (1906-1983) and Marion Hamilton McClure, later Salvesen (1911-1997); Eva was the wife of Sandy McClure, advocate, see footnote 8

8 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle; his mother was a Logan as was Dr Muir’s mother

9 Matron refers to Nurse (or Sister) Waugh with whom Dr Muir went to the King’s Theatre the day before, see diary entry for 23 November 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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