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

Fair today + a touch of frost. Clear sky: sunshine. Motored to Whitmuirhall + opened the abscess in Mrs Cochrane’s1 tonsil. Snow visible on White Coomb + Blackhouse Heights but gone from Newark + Foulshiels2. Went to morning service + walked down to the Hospital after. Saw the kids enjoying the Santa Claus gifts. In the afternoon I worked away at the Record Cards + didn’t go to evening Service at which part of the Messiah were sung. Mrs Mack3 came for supper + I saw her home!

1 Janet Austin Cochrane née Mair (1883-1960), wife of William ‘Willie’ Cochrane of Whitmuirhall, for more information see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 23 December 1921

2 White Coomb, grid reference NGR NT163,151, Blackhouse Heights, NT2222,2900, Newark Hill, NT405,286 and Foulshiels, NT427,303

3 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk; the exlamation mark presumably hints at previous occasions where the friends had become close, see Dr Muir’s diary entries for 4 and 10 June 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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