13 March 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fine day at last. First sunshine for more than a week. Wind W. + then N. Very pleasant + refreshing after the spell of grey skies. Cycled to Beechbank, Curror Street + Yarrow Terrace + then was at Viewfield from 11.20 till almost 2. Two appendices + a tonsillectomy. After lunch cycled to Tait’s Hill, Moat + Shawpark. Two P.C.s [post cards] from Dora from Marseilles.1 Helen2 + Miss Wallace3 went over to see the “Bohemian Girl” at Gala Playhouse.4 Dav.5 hears Broadmeadows6 is sold.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter was en route Liverpool to Port Said, with Isabella Donald [see footnote 5] on S.S. Oxfordshire, official number 131454, – and their first port of call was Marseilles [source: UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Liverpool, 2 March 1923].

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

3 It is not yet possible to identify Miss Wallace.

4 Assume The Bohemian Girl, an Irish romantic opera composed by Michael William Balfe with a libretto by Alfred Bunn.

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

6 Hugo C Lang (not otherwise identified, though the Lang family was well-known locally) was recorded as Proprietor Occupier of Broadmeadows House, Selkirk in the 1923 Valuation Roll but the Broadmeadows estate was thereafter apparently acquired by Robert Stewart, farmer.

[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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