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

Dull morning with slight drizzle but cleared up to be a fine day. Left at 12.30 and motored to Edin. The view from Falahill was as fine as ever I have seen it. Got to Jean’s 1 in 2 hours. Took her a lot of flowers, parsley, lettuce + strawberries. Got a cup of tea + went on to Forsyth’s where I got measured for a suit2. Paid account at H. & I.3 + Elliot4 + left by the 4 for Glasgow. Reached Lizzie5 at 5.20. Found her as usual i.e. far from strong. John looking wonderful: Cathy + Nancy very well6. Spent a very pleasant evening + reminisced a lot.

1 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, who had a tea shop in Newington, Edinburgh

2 Perhaps R W Forsyth, outfitters at Princes Street, Edinburgh

3 Hamilton & Inches, celebrated Edinburgh silversmiths

4 Elliot is unidentified

5 Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie (1858–1926), daughter of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir, thus Dr Muir’s niece, born, 12 Jan 1858, Dalkeith, Midlothian, married, 1883, Glasgow, John Guthrie Smith (1868-1923), W.S., she died 4 Jul 1926, Glasgow

6 Catherine Isabel Guthrie Smith (about 1888–1962) and Nance Tennant Guthrie Smith (1902-1993), daughters of John Guthrie Smith and Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie

[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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