2 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind into N.W. Bright sharp forenoon: cloudier after 2 + a little rain. Roads much drier. Saw a Mr Lamb1 at Viewfield2: a connection of the Blaikies of Comiston3. He has an enormous Hernia. Walked to Kilncroft +c Forest Mill, Gib. + Lum.4 +c cycled to word deleted Whitmuirhall Toll5. Stark & Murray6 have overhauled my bike + put a new back tyre on. Went to Gala + saw ‘The Pirates of Penzance’7. Mrs Mack8 kindly stood Helen9 + me + motored us there. It was most enjoyable. David10 was there too.

1 Mr Lamb is unidentified

2 Viewfield Nursing Home, the Muir & Graham medical partnership’s maternity hospital

3 It has not been possible to identify Blaikie of Comiston

4 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen textile manufacturer, of St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk

5 John Black, gamekeeper, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at the Old Tollhouse, Whitmuirhall [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

6 Stark & Murray, cycle agents, were at Chapel Street, Selkirk

7 The Pirates of Penzance performance is being researched and will be updated here in due course

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

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

10 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

[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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