3 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Kitchen + pantry sized + varnished.

Came back to breakfast from Mrs Robert Scott1 + got her over (forceps) about 11. Motored down to Holydean2 to see dear old Mrs Blaikie3 whom I haven’t seen for many years. Saw Mrs Jo. Lang4 + her daughter Diana5 + Miss Blaikie6. In afternoon motored to Beechwood, Peelburnfoot + Bridgelands. Saw 13 town cases. Weather cold but fair snow on Cheviots + high hills. It was clear + starry when I went out last night but when I returned at 7 a.m. it was snowing + there was another fall at night. Nancy7 returned tonight.

1 Roberta Douglas Scott, born 3 April 1922 at 110 Forest Road, Selkirk, the daughter of Robert Scott, woollen mill clerk, and Matilda Douglas Scott née Marshall, married 21 November 1919 at Selkirk; Roberta Scott married Roger Charles F Archer in 1941 at Selkirk

2 Holydean, Bowden, grid reference NGR NT537,302

3 Mrs Blaikie is presumably Helen Blaikie née Brunton (about 1838-1924), daughter of James Brunton, farmer, and Agnes Brunton née Stenhouse, and widow of William Lang Blaikie (about 1829-1894)

4 Mrs Jean ‘Jeannie’ Lang Lang née Blaikie (1867-1932), author, daughter of William Lang Blaikie and Helen Blaikie née Brunton, married 25 April 1860 at Edinburgh

5 Diana Lang (about 1902-), supposedly born New South Wales, is the daughter of John Lang (about 1849-1917), author, and Jean Lang née Blaikie (about 1868-1932), married 15 Apr 1901 at Crafers, Adelaide, South Australia

6 Miss Blaikie is perhaps Frances Margaret Brunton Blaikie (1869-), daughter of William Lang Blaikie and Helen Blaikie née Brunton, married 25 April 1860 at Edinburgh

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

[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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