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

Fresh again + wonderfully mild, a little drizzle in forenoon: raining at night. Had a pretty good night but intended staying in my room today when a ‘Phone message came to Sundhope1 so I motored there. It was to see Dorothy2, nothing much wrong. Was in the house all afternoon + didn’t go to church. Finished all David’s3 Summary cards4 as far as his infernal penmanship would permit.

1 Sundhope, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT335,252.

2 There is nobody named Dorothy at or near Sundhope in the 1921 Census and no births of a child of that name in Yarrow or Selkirk 1921 to 1923. However, the Barrie family at Sundhope had a daughter Christina Dorothy Barrie (1904-1994) who was there with her family in the 1921 Census [birth: Barrie, Christina Dorothy, 1904 779 / 1 / 1 Yarrow].

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

4 The summary cards were part of the Muir and Graham medical practice’s relatively new record-keeping system.

[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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