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

Still dry with sharp N.W. wind. The roads haven’t been so good for weeks + weeks. Having practically nothing to do. I cycled via Forest Road + Station (where I had to pay the balance of my ticket to Edinburgh on the 29 Dec = 3/31) to Orchardmains.2 Very stiff going against the wind. Found them at lunch. Mary Milne3 was there + two other ladies. Couldn’t stay very long but enjoyed the call. Left at 2.30. Came back to Walkerburn on the right side of Tweed. It is a little nicer [?]. Got letter from the matron [at] Craigleith4 about Dora5 + sent Helen6 to see her. She found her with a temp. + some pleurisy.

2 The notation of old money (pounds shillings and pence) means that Dr Muir had to pay three shillings and three pence.

2 Orchard Mains, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, grid reference NGR NT319,337.

3 Mary Lee Davis Milne née Bowden (1873-1948), Serbian Cross of Mercy, St George’s Medal, sometime cook with Scottish Women’s Hospitals but living at Bridgeheugh, Selkirk, in 1915 prior to her war service and again in the early 1920s.

4 The old Craigleith Poorhouse and Hospital was known briefly as Craigleith Military Hospital (1917-1918) and then operated as the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Some of its specialisms have recently transferred to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

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

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

[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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