22 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

What a surprise! Everything covered with snow! I felt cold in the butts1 yesterday there was nothing to suggest the possibility of snow at all. It rained during the night + the snow only began at 6.30. It soon turned to rain which fell all day + most of the snow disappeared. I motored in the town + over to Synton Mill to see James Elliot2 . Drew £200 from Muir & Graham3 being still £180. 12. 10 still owing me from last year. Dav.4 + I divided £2101: 4 : 8. Chas Dunlop5 very kindly sent me a brace of Black …6 from yesterday’s bag.

1 Perhaps referring to the grouse butts above Mountbenger Toll, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT310,263 but the Editor cannot warrant that there were not other shooting butts in the area covered during the shoot of 21 October 1921

2 The Editor has previously assumed that this is James Elliot of Flex, Hawick, who was also tenant at Shielswood, Ashkirk; his wife was Isabella Douglas Elliot née Amos [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/302, Selkirk County, page 302 of 611]

3 The Muir & Graham medical co-partnery

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

5 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk but in the absence of further information it is not possible to rule out his son Charles Bertram Dunlop (1880-1956)

6 The description of the previous day’s shoot does not help with this transcription

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

21 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

My second shoot since Jan 28th 1916 1915. Motored with Charlie1 + George Roberts2 in the latter’s old Napier3 to Gordon Arms4. David5 joined us at the first drive having gone up via ‘Bridgend6. We had 3 drives on Altrieve7 with very little result. I shot a grouse + a [illegible]. We lunched at Altrieve farmhouse: had a drive on Eldinhope8 + then tried the Blackcock on Eldinhope + Mt Benger9. It was a poor day, 12 head of which I shot 4. Charlie gave me lunch + then tea at the Gordon. The day was dull but hardly any rain. Got back at 6. Winifred Armitage10 arrived. Helen11 met her at Galashiels.

1 Assume Charles Henry ‘Charlie‘ Roberts (1877-), tweed manufacturer, brother of Dr Muir’s son-in-law John Roberts junior

2 George Roberts is not identified

3 D Napier & Son Limited, an engineering business started by a Scot but based in England, turned to internal combustion engines and road vehicles in the late 19th Century and made luxury cars in the first quarter on the 20th Century but was more famous from 1917 for its aero engines first the ‘Lion’ and later the ‘Sabre’ which powered the Hawker Typhoon

4 Gordon Arms, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT307,249

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

6 The Editor assumes that Dr Muir is referring to Ettrickbridgend here, Dr Graham having come up to Yarrow by a different route from the rest of the shooting party

7 Altrieve, Yarrow, NT286,225 (in this case and the two footnotes following the Editor has indicated the named property rather than its shootings)

8 Eldinhope, Yarrow, NT298,242

9 Mountbenger, Yarrow, NT308,252

10 Margaret Winifred Armitage (1874-1970), daughter of William Armitage, cotton merchant, and Margaret Petrie Armitage; her sister Dorothy had married Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, son of the Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir Dr Muir’s brother, and thus Dr Muir’s nephew

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

20 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very pleasant day. Calm + sunny at least in the early part. There was a touch of hoar frost for the first time. I was from 12 till 3 at Viewfield1. Dav.2 first removed an internal Semilunar Cartilage from a Mrs Hislop3 under special anaesthetic + then I gave Chlor[oform] for to Mrs Hardie4, wife of a postman on whom D. induced doing a Ventrifixation5 but found the uterus so adherent to the bowel that he couldn’t do it. Cycled to Faldonside, Mrs Maycock6 better. Mrs Dees7 gave me 2 cucumbers + a half doz. tomatoes. Got weighed, my net weight being 9st 51/2lbs.

1 Viewfield, Viewfield Lane, Selkirk, hospital, nursing home, cottage hospital, later known as the Andrew Lang Unit, Canmore ID 100325, grid reference NGR NT47112,28807; it was taken on by the Muir and Graham medical co-partnership in 1920

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

3 Mrs Hislop is unidentified

4 John Hardie, postman, was Tenant of a house at 16 Tower Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/134, Selkirk Burgh, page 134 of 644]

5 Ventrifixation as a ‘mechanical’ treatment for ‘Uterine backward displacements’ was the subject of an article in the BMJ in 1924 which reported a meeting of the North of England Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society at Liverpool at which its merits and risks were discussed – though the details of the process are vague – and also there is a hard-hitting criticism of the process by an Edinburgh medic James Oliver, M.D., F.R.S.Edin., in the BMJ in 1915, which identifies problems with adhesion specifically; Lapthorn et al offer a more detailed description of the process [Sources: “Reports Of Societies.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3332, BMJ, 1924, pp. 858–60, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20438318; Oliver, James. “Ventrifixation Of The Uterus: Is It Justifiable?” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 2837, BMJ, 1915, pp. 871–871, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25313651 and Smith, A. Lapthorn, et al. “A Discussion On The Palliative And Radical Treatment Of Uterine Flexions And Displacements.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 1921, BMJ, 1897, pp. 1151–56, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20251766.%5D

6 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

7 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey, and wife of Robert Irwin Dees

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

19 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

It was a fine morning + I thought of doing Bengerburnhope1 + then going on for a run either to Peebles + Eddleston onto Innerleithen + Gala Water but a message came for Mrs Maycock2, Faldonside which made it too late + it was just as well as the weather broke + it was very wet all afternoon. David3 came up in afternoon + we arranged our separate lists of patients + visits, a very desired change in my opinion.

1 Presumably to see Mrs Jane Welsh née Inglis (about 1882-), who had given birth earlier in October, see diary entry for 14 October 1921

2 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

18 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fine day + sunny in the early part. Saw some cases walking + gave Isa Reid1 Chlor[oform] at Viewfield while Dav.2 did a laparotomy. The tumour turned out to be a distended full bladder with a lot of gall stones. There was also some Ascites3. She stood the anaesthetic well + her case looks more hopeful. Cycled to the Henhouse4 + then to Faldonside where I found Mrs Maycock5 quite well, the tonsillar abscess having been opened by Dav. yesterday. Helen + Nancy6 cycled to Ettrick Shaws7.

1 Isobel Reid (about 1877-1924), postmistress [sic] and Tenant of a house, shop and post office at Yarrowford [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]; the daughter of John Reid, hotelkeeper, and Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Reid née Grieve, allegedly born Ratho, Midlothian, in 1911 she was at the Inn, Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope, with her aunt Mary Grieve [1911 Census]

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

3 Ascites refers to fluid in the abdomen and around the intestines

4 Henhouse, Hartwoodburn, Selkirk

5 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

7 Ettrick Shaws or Ettrickshaws, Kirkhope

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

17 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

It was a damp day with occasional drizzle + the grass was pretty wet.

Had a shoot with Sam Steel1 at Dryhope2. I have not fired a shot since 1914-15. I motored from Philipgh with Sam Steel and Sir John Barran3. We started at Douglas Burn4 + walked along to Dryhope Tower + then back to the a turnip field at the …5. I shot 2 hares but failed at birds. We spent a long time trying to locate a pair of partridges. Lunched at the tower. Had a drive from the old church yard6. Got back to Philipgh at 5.30. Pringle Pattison7 there. 24 head. Saw Miss Dunn8 at night. Helen + Nancy9 cycled to [word deleted] Cotfield10 to see an old servant of Nancy’s, Mrs Lamb11.

1 Major Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., of Philiphaugh, Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

2 Dr Muir appears to be referring here to the Dryhope estate generally

3 Sir John Nicholson Barran (1872-1952), 2nd Baronet; British Liberal Party politician and M.P. for Hawick Burghs 1909-1922 [source: Hubcat DS/UK/9025]

5 This location is unidentified

6 This is presumably the church yard of St Mary’s Chapel, Kirkstead, also known as St Mary Of The Lowes, Canmore ID 51219, grid reference NGR NT25403,23676

4 The party has started up the Douglas Burn presumably from Craig Douglas, grid reference NGR NT292,245, and across to Dryhope Tower, NGR NT26734,24727 and Kirkstead; historic maps covering the area concerned are Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet IX, Sheet IX, Sheet XIII and Sheet XIV, all published 1863

7 This will be either Professor Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison, formerly Seth or one of his three living sons, Andrew Ernest, Norman Smith and Harry Siegfried (a fourth, John Ronald Pringle-Pattison, Second Lieutenant Gordon Highlanders, was Killed in Action 5th September 1916); if it is not Professor Pringle-Pattison himself then Norman Smith Pringle Pattison, formerly Seth (1888-), who had been at the Forest Club dinner 4 October 1921 may be the best ‘fit’

8 Assume Hyndmer Rutherford ‘Miss’ Dunn (about 1843-1922), daughter of John Dunn, chemist & druggist, and Hyndmer Rutherford Dunn née Hewat, brother of Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921); Tenant Occupier of a house at 13 High Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/113, Selkirk Burgh, page 113 of 644]

9 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter

10 Cotfield, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NT532,226, near Harelaw and just south of the Drove Road which heads in a generally WNW direction from the intersection at Harden Cottage just south of Esdalelaw, crosses the A7 at Grundistone Heights and eventually leads to St Boswells, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIX, published 1863

11 This would appear to be Isabella Lamb, widow, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Cotfield, Lilliesleaf [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/552, Roxburgh County, page 552 of 993]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

16 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very mild but damp with occasional drizzle chiefly in evening. Motored to Faldonside (Mrs Maycock1) + Abbotshill (Jenny Smith2). Boylan3 called about 3 + buttonholed me for an hour. Went to evening service + supped at Wellwood4. Sam Steel5 rang me up + asked me to shoot tomorrow.

1 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

2 The Editor assumes that this refers to Abbotshill, Galashiels (outwith Dr Muir’s area) but Jenny Smith may be Jenny Locke Smith (1882-1952), daughter of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and Katie Smith née Locke

3 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount and Shawpark, Selkirk; he was garrulous and Dr Muir has previously referred to him as an egotist and windbag

4 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

5 Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

15 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another fine day with a constant sunshine + not quite as cold as yesterday. Lovely moonlight. Dyspeptic from drinking a lot of milk on Wed. + Thursday nights. Cycled to Rockville1, Shawpark2, Hospital + Faldonside (Mrs Maycock3). Was in Town all afternoon making out a statement of accts moving to the patients whom David4 visits or sending accounts [?]5. Helen + Nancy6 went for a walk + had tea with Bell Harkness7.

1 Assume a visit to Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer; he was in fact the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

2 Dr Muir was seeing John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawpark and Shawmount, Selkirk

3 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

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

5 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnery was reorganising its paperwork and one of the changes agreed was a restructuring of their accounting to reflect more clearly the respective work of the two medics

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter

7 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929), whose daughter Ella Fairbairn Harkness (1893-1915), woollen millworker, had died in distressing circumstances in 1915, aged 22, and the Muir family appears to have shown Bell support by getting together with her each year around the time of her daughter’s death

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

14 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Coldish dry day. High wind at night + some rain. Was called up at 6.30 for Mrs Jo. Welsh1, Bengerburnhope. She had a d. [daughter] soon after I arrived2. Got back at 9.30. Was at Viewfield from 11 to 2.30 giving Chlor[oform] to Mrs Brownlee3 (Dora Thomson) for [illegible] fixations + Mrs Brown Johnstone4 (Mrs Hume‘s daughter) for hysterectomy. Dav.5 also took out their appendices while he had them [?] opened up! Cycled down to Lower Faldonside to see Mrs Maycock6. Splendid sunset. Helen7 returned at 7.24.

1 John Welsh was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Mount Bengerhope, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- /337, Selkirk County, page 337 of 611]

2 Margaret Inglis Welsh, born 14 October 1921, the daughter of John Welsh, shepherd, and Jane Welsh née Inglis who had married 1903 at Wilton, Roxburghshire; John and Jane were at Broadmeadows around 1909-10, the family appears to have flitted to Yarrow around 1911, first at Old Tinnis, later at Mountbengerhope [birth, 1921, 779/1 3, Selkirk] and Jane herself was daughter of John Inglis, shepherd, and Jessie Inglis née Bell

3 Dora Matilda Thomson (1882-1963) had married James Brownlee, 1911, at Selkirk [marriage, 1911, 778/ 6, Selkirk]

4 Assume Maggie Hume who had married Alexander Johnston, 1919, at Selkirk [marriages, 1919, 778/ 1, Selkirk]

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

6 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), born Braco, Ardoch, Perth & Kinross, died Perth; she was the wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, born Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, the son of James Maycock, shoemaker, and Elizabeth née Hartley; in 1901 he was a servant in London (St George Hanover Square) but to a Scottish family (Baird) which may explain his move to Scotland, he married, 7 June 1907 at Monzie Parish Church, Crieff, Catherine Gow of Monzie, in 1911 Census he was a butler (domestic) aged 34 at Yair, and his WW1 Service Record states “Yair House, Selkirk”, he was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a field at Lower Faldonside, 1921 Valuation Roll but of a house at the same place in the 1922 Valuation Roll; a poultry farmer, retired, he died 29 November 1957, aet 80, at Crieff Cottage Hospital, usual residence Tuckethill [Tuchethill], Dollerie, Perthshire

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

13 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Magnificent sun rise followed by a dull coldish day + occasional slight drizzle. Breakfasted at 7.15 + left at 8.10 + went right up to Craighill to see Abbey Anderson1 who had a feverish cold. Called for Lady Napier2 + for a maid at Cacrabank3. Came back via Shielshaugh to see May Warwick4. Found messages to Niven5, Mavisbank, Henderson6, Dunsdale, + Emond, Chapel Street7 which I did along with Shawpark8, on foot + then I had to go over to Gala to see Isa Paton9 who had injured her side by a fall. Dav.10 was shooting at Fairnilea11.

1 Craighill was the home of Mrs Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson who had been seen by Dr Muir several times since she had had a baby Johan Muir Anderson on 1 August 1921; she was the second wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, they had married 7 March 1919, at Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/312, Selkirk County, page 312 of 611.

2 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), the Hon., Lady Napier

3 Cacrabank, Ettrick; the identity of the maid is unknown

4 Assume Margaret ‘May’ Warwick, wife of Andrew Warwick, head gamekeeper, [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611]

5 Assume Miss Maggie Niven, weaver, was Tenant Occupier of a house 8 Mavisbank, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/182, Selkirk Burgh, page 182 of 644]

6 Assume Henderson, Dunsdale [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611]

7 Assume Miss Joan Emond, Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Chapel Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/174, Selkirk Burgh, page 174 of 644]

8 Dr Muir was seeing John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawpark and Shawmount, Selkirk

9 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929), formerly of Selkirk but who had flitted to Galashiels with her sister Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940) in May 1918

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]