22 February 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Calm [word deleted] slow thaw. The sun came out for a while + melted some snow. There was wind S.E. I made 14 calls including Gib. + Lum.1 + Shawpark.2 Helen3 + Dora4 went over to Galashiels to see Miss Donald5 + Bella6 was out so I had a cosy time in the kitchen reading. Helen went to a meeting in the West U.F. Church.

1 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen textile manufacturer, at St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk.

2 Shawpark, Shawpark Road, Selkirk, home of John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, voluble friend of Dr Muir [1921 Census and 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/375, Selkirk County].

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

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

5 Miss Donald appears to be Isabella Smillie Donald (1876-1956), nurse, sister of Mrs Peggy Brown. Born Greenock, Renfrewshire, sometime of Ashwood, Galashiels, she travelled to Egypt with Dora Muir on 2 March 1923 [see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 1 March 1923].

6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), the Muir family housekeeper, daughter of James Paulin, groom, and Grace Paulin née Cranston, born Ladykirk, Berwickshire [Sources include: ‘A Souter’s Bairn, recollections of life in Selkirk’ by Jenny Corbett with Avril Jack, published Selkirk Common Good Fund, 1993].

[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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