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

Not quite as cold + wind S.W. Some rain in afternoon + evening. Cycled to Cannon Street, Buccleuch Road, Mill Street, Hospital, Raeburn Meadows + walked to Shawpark.1 Good many accounts being paid2 Helen3, Barbara4 + Miss Wallace5 went to a performance of “Maritana” in the Victoria Hall.6

1 Shawpark, Selkirk, home of John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, an acquaintance of Dr Muir who was present when Boylan had a heart attack on 11 March 1923.

2 Thomas Baptie, Dr Muir’s driver and handyman, had been delivering the local accounts on 14 May 1923.

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest grandchild, recently returned from New Zealand.

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

5 Miss Wallace may be Miss Jane Wallace (1874-), sometime nurse to the Roberts children, Dr Muir’s grandchildren [see diary entries for 6 April 1915, 22 October 1916 and 7 April 1918 and 1911 Census]. She was born at Langbarns, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire. Neither Jane Wallace nor the Roberts family appear on the 1921 Census. The Editor’s suspicion is that a section of Ettrick Terrace has been missed off the 1921 Census transcript by ScotlandsPeople, because the Roberts family, in Selkirk at this time for the Common Riding, has not been documented (see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 17 June 1921, two days before Census night).

6 Maritana, A Grand Opera in Three Acts by William Vincent Wallace, was toured extensively in Scotland during 1923 by the Carl Rosa Opera Company.

[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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