14 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

First dish of strawberries
Still raining this morning but soon cleared up to a fine clear sunny day. Got Walked first thing to Guthrie Thomson’s1 + got in an advertisement about the Memorial Service on Sunday2. Then up to Castle Street to get back from Mungo Smith3 an account which I had already paid. It turned out to be his wife’s fault4. Then down to station + paid Mitchell5 for coal : then to Hospital. Next I cycled to Henhouse + coming back drew £230 from M. & G.5 besides £6.4.3 for outlays. Got my bills arranged + sent Bella7 out to pay some book. Got letters from H. + D.8 Sent off salmon (Mrs Mack9).

1 Robert Guthrie Thomson (1879-1962), master printer and publisher

2 There was to be an “Ex-Soldiers’ Memorial Service” on the Sunday following the anniversary of the action at Achi Baba Nullah on 12 July 1915 – see diary entry for 16 July 1922

3 Mungo Kennedy Smith (1855-1942), master slater, Tenant Occupier of a house at Castle Terrace, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/291, Selkirk Burgh, page 291 of 644]

4 Catherine Smith née Stark (?1863-1933)

5 Assume William Mitchell (about 1847-), coal agent, lived with his wife Annie Agnes Leslie Anderson at Heath Park, Selkirk

6 Muir & Graham medical co-partnership

7 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), the Muir family housekeeper ; born Ladykirk, the best match for Isabella’s death is Mar 1952, Paulin, Isabella, aged 82, Nthmbld N. 1b 338

8 Helen and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s eldest and youngest daughters

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

[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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