10 May 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There was still a little hail lying on the roof of hayshed this morning. It was a cloudless, sunny, sharp morning + kept fair up till 1 + after that a very severe Sou Wester developed with heavy rain. At night again it was calm + clear. Motored to Hospital, Henderland (Jas. Mitchell, flue1), Yarrow Mains, Broadmeadows Lodge + Newark Mill + after lunch Nether Whitlaw. Dav.2 was in Edinburgh with Mrs Alexr Roberts3. Helen4 with Nancy5 + Mrs Mack6 were all day at the sale of Broadmeadows furniture.7 Mrs Mack gave Helen a very handsome cut crystal fruit dish.

1 Dr Muir had been attending the Mitchell family at Henderland, Megget, north of St Mary’s Loch, since late 1921, for more details of the family see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 9 May 1923.

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

3 Perhaps Elizabeth ‘Eliza’ Roberts née Paterson, daughter of William Paterson of Galashiels, who had married, 14 June 1871, Alexander Fowler ‘Sandy’ Roberts (1844-1929). Note however that her husband was normally known as Sandy so the Editor cannot be completely confident in the identification.

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

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

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

7 Broadmeadows, Yarrowford, Selkirk, area of NT412,302 was reported as having been sold by Dr Muir’s co-parter David Charteris Graham, as noted in Dr Muir’s diary of 13 March 1923. This sale was obviously part of that process.

[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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