3 April 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull Misty morning but a mild pleasant day with no rain nor sunshine. Felt nearly alright today + enjoyed my food. Cycled to Shawpark, Dunsdale, Ettrickhaugh Road &c. In afternoon arranged payment of accounts: banked [gap] for M & G.1 Drew £100 for myself: paid £175 less 6/8 for Esparto Paper Mill2 shares. Delightful letter from Dora.3 The natives4 have Nick-named her “the thick one”. Helen5 cycled to Melrose + went to the Pictures with Nancy6, Barbara7 + Mrs Mack.8

1 The Muir & Graham medical co-partnery.

2 The Esparto Paper Mills Company was formed in 1923 with a capital of £1,500,000 to take over the business of the Carron Grove Paper Co. though it was itself taken over by Inveresk Group less than two years later and the Carrongrove brand restored [Falkirk Local History Society ‘Carrongrove Mill’, accessed 2023.01.29].

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

4 Dora had recently starting working at Tanta (طنطا or Ṭanṭa, Egypt), a city on the Nile Delta between Alexandria and Cairo.

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

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

7 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Nancy’s eldest daughter thus Dr Muir’s eldest grandchild.

8 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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