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

Rather better weather: some slight showers. Westerly wind : Saw about a dozen town cases walking. Met David1 at Mrs Stoddart’s, Backrow.2 Tried to persuade her to come to Viewfield. Paid Johnny Murray3 for Helen’s bicycle.4 It was £15 less £2 for the old one. Wrote Kitty Muriel5 + John Muir.6 Dora7 came at 7.24 + we dined at Elmpark.8

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

2 There was more than one Stoddart household recorded at Backrow in the 1922 Valuation Roll.

3 Johnny Murray is John Inglis Murray (1869-1950), motor and cycle mechanic, partner in Stark & Murray who looked after Dr Muir’s bicycles.

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

5 Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ sometimes ‘Kate’ Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor, commission agent, and Jane Logan ‘Jean’ Rennie, Dr Muir’s niece. Katherine had married, date and place unknown, Hugh ‘Ernest’ Muriel (1886-1979), bank manager working in China, and had issue Hugh John Stewart Muriel (1917-1981) and Jean Margaret Muriel (1921–2010).

6 John Muir is unidentified.

7 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter.

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

[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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