2 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I never saw such a contrast of weather as yesterday+ today. It was fresh + blowing a S.W. gale with torrents of rain! I kept my room all day. The cough was less troublesome but the hoarseness was bad. Got some clerical work done + made an end of the Summary Cards. Kennedy1 was away most of the day at meetings. I took supper in the kitchen with Helen2 + Mrs K.3 Had a letter from Mary.4

1 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire circa 1921 but by June 1921 recorded in a similar role in Croydon, Surrey (1921 Census taken 19 June 1921).

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

3 Mary Balfour Kennedy née Alison (1889-1978) wife of William Kennedy (above). They and their sons Ian Alexander Kennedy (1916-1988) and Charles Gordon Kennedy (1920-), all living in Croydon since 1921, were staying with Dr Muir.

4 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.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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