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

A showery day. Walked about the town + got everybody seen that needed. Met Mrs [illegible]1 who came to lunch + waited till Mrs Tom Anderson2 called to take her to Shaws. Cycled to Hospital + Shawpark. Was busy getting my preparations made for leaving home. It was late at night before I began my actual packing3 and it was [continued as entry for 24 May 1923].

1 Joan Anderson (see footnote 2) was recorded in the 1921 Census and the 1923 Valuation Roll but in neither of those sources is there anyone with a name that remotely corresponds to that of the woman who had lunch at Dr Muir’s and a lift home to Kirkhope.

2 Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (about 1857-1936), widow of Thomas Scott Anderson (1852-1919) of Shaws, and daughter of Thomas Shaw, Wooriwyrite, Australia and Catherine Shaw née McLaughlin.

3 Dr Muir was off travelling the next day.

[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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