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

No snow visible from here except a wreath in Broomhill but there are numerous wreaths on the hills. It was milder today + not so wet but it rained both forenoon + after. Made 15 calls including Ettrick + St Mary’s Mill + Henhouse. At 4.45 got message from Mauldsheugh for Thomson, Yair Bridge. Motored over getting there at 5.10 to find a baby had arrived at 4.141 + nurse had arranged everything. Nancy2 + Mrs Mack3 came to dinner.

Bar. 27.95.

1 This is an odd reference and tends to confirm the theory that Dr Muir was sometimes writing up events only vaguely remembered. The best match here is Muriel Baird, born 27 February 1923 at Yair, daughter of William Baird, butler, and Hariet [sic] Baird née MacNiven, married March Quarter 1920 at Paddington, Middlesex, Registration District. The Thomson referred to must surely be Alexander William Thomson who had been born 15 February 1923 at Selkirk Road, Clovenfords, son of William Thomson, journeyman gardener, and Janet Thomson née Crawford, married 27 July 1909 at Edinburgh.

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John Roberts junior.

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

[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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