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

Very strong + cold gale from N.W. Some snow on Peat Law but it was dry all day + the pavements were dry which they haven’t been for weeks. Very little to do. Saw 8 town cases. Arranged accounts for payment. Letter from Dora1 to say she is ill. Her letter card was rather confused but she hinted at pleurisy. Wrote her. Helen2 had Mrs Mack3 + Miss Watson4 (Jack McIntyre’s nurse5) at tea + went to Picture House with the former.

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

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

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

4 Miss Watson is unidentified, see also the note on Viewfield Nursing Home published 11 January 2023.

5 John Douglas ‘Jack’ McIntyre (1905-), born 12 June 1895 at Tower House, Helensburgh [Row parish], Dunbartonshire. He was recorded as a patient at Viewfield Nursing Home on 19 June 1921 (Census night). Jack McIntyre was not the son of John McIntyre the Selkirk draper but of Douglas McIntyre a wine merchant from Helensburgh, though the Editor suspects that there must be a family connection somewhere.

[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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