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

Bright morning. Showery : cold. S.W. Wetter in afternoon + heavy hail showers. Saw 15 cases cycling+ was not out after lunch except to see Mrs Gibbons, Backfeus.1 Helen2 busy spring cleaning Hall + Staircase.

1 Ann Gibbons née Morran, sometimes Moran, Morraine or similar (about 1851-1939), was recorded in the 1921 Census living at Backfeus, Selkirk, with her husband John Gibbons (about 1844-1932) and four children David (1881-), Agnes (1889-), John (1890-) and Jean or Jane (1893-). John Gibbons senior was from County Mayo, Ireland and he and Ann had married 29 June 1869 at Galashiels and appear to have had other children (by 1923 presumably living elsewhere – searches suggest that there is no reason to think any of them had died) including Mary (1870-), Bridget (1872-), Helen (1874-), Agnes (1887-), Catherine ‘Kate’ (1878-), Margaret ‘Maggie’ (1883-), Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ (1885-) and Sarah (1889-).

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

[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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