19 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Between frost + fresh all day the former prevailing at night. The pavements were slushy but one could mostly get dry snow to walk on. Made 27 calls involving 35 patients besides Faldonside Ho. + Lodge + Sund. Hall Lodge. Walked all forenoon + then hired to Faldonside +c. Got a parcel of dainties from Mrs Mack1 (Stagges [?] Polony, Pat. Pip.: Pate de fois gras + Gruyere cheese) also a P.C. [postcard] from Helen3 wanting to know the size of my shirts!

1 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk; her generosity, as instanced here, was such the Dr Muir had previously described her house as the “Magic Cave”

2 Assume Patum Peperium – anchovy paste

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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