23 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Glass rising : no rain. Colder : some sunshine. Made 14 town calls + finished soon after 12. Sent away more Xmas greetings. I have sent in all 31. Got a box of home made sweets from Mary1 + sent her a Bannock.2 Got the usual Black Bun3 from Tina4 + also sent her a Bannock.

1 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-1933), Dr Muir’s sister, widow of James Wallace (about 1841-1922) whose funeral Dr Muir had attended at Haslemere, Surrey on 10 July 1922.

2 Selkirk Bannock is a leavened tea bread, long fermented and using a sourdough-like starter ‘sponge dough’.

3 Black bun is a rich fruit cake covered with pastry and associated with Hogmanay.

4 Assume Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (1846-1924), daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), solicitor and local government official, of Selkirk and married David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton.

[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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