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

Colder today: cleat at first dull later: some drizzle + rain. Saw a few cases walking + then motored to Forest Road, Gilkeekit1 + Ettrickbridgend (Sarah Mitchell2). Went down to Hospital at 2.30 with Helen3 + had tea. Willie Colledge4 was there with a Gramophone in the Diph. verandah which the children enjoyed. Helen went to a play by Durward Lely’s Company5 in Victoria Hall with Mrs Mack6.

1 There were several properties at Gilkeekit, Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT441,270

2 Miss Sarah Mitchell was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/320, Selkirk County, page 320 of 611]

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

4 Assume Willie Colledge, shoemaker and Tenant Occupier at 27 Curror Street [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/178, Selkirk Burgh, page 178 of 644]

5 James Durward Lyall ‘Durward Lely’ (1852-1944), Scottish opera singer and actor, who had a successful career including with the Carl Rosa Opera Company and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, being particularly well known for his performances in Gilbert and Sullivan, but running his own company in the first half of the 1920s

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

[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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