22 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

More sun than yesterday but a little rain at night. Roads wonderfully dry. Slight W. to N.W. [wind]. Message to the Nest.1 Cycled there via Rink + on to Caddonfoot2 + then up to Bowhill Lodge3 + Broadmeadows.4 In morning two slight operations at Viewfield.5 Bella6 in bed with a bilious attack. Mousey7 + I dined in the kitchen. David8 came up at night with a brace of pheasants from Dees.9

1 Nest, Caddonfoot parish, grid reference NGR NT431,354.

2 Rink, NT482,323 and Caddonfoot, NT448,349, both Caddonfoot parish.

3 Bowhill Lodge presumably refers to Bowhill North Lodge where Dr Muir had been visiting James Hogg [see diary entries for 19 and 20 November 1922].

4 Broadmeadows, Yarrowford, Selkirk, area of NT412,302.

5 Viewfield nursing home, the Muir & Graham medical practice’s property.

6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), the Muir family housekeeper, daughter of James Paulin, groom, and Grace Paulin née Cranston, born Ladykirk, Berwickshire [Sources include: ‘A Souter’s Bairn, recollections of life in Selkirk’ by Jenny Corbett with Avril Jack, published Selkirk Common Good Fund, 1993].

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

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

9 Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923), anded proprietor, formerly a marine engineer, he was the son of James William Dees and Eliza Jane Irwin and lived at Faldonside, Galashiels.

[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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