5 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Threatened with Coryza.1 Had a very troublesome cough during last night + took several doses of cough mixt. C. Pen….2 which seemed to cause dyspepsia: but this may also have been caused by Tuesday night’s dinner.3 It rained most of the day. Walked in the town + to Hospital + Broomhill (Mrs Graham, the County Surveyor’s wife).4 Called at Elmpark at night David5 was at Peebles at the unveiling of a War Memorial6 by Earl Haig7 + the opening of a Hospital8 by Munro.9

1 Coryza is the Common cold.

2 This medicine is as yet unidentified.

3 Dr Muir had dined with the members of the Forest Club, see diary entry for 3 October 1922.

4 Mrs Graham is so far unidentified but was the wife of William Graham, road surveyor and Tenant Occupier of a house and garden Broomhill, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/386, Selkirk County, page 386 of 611].

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

6 Peebles War Memorial at the Chambers Institution, grid reference NGR NT25275,40424, was unveiled 5 October 1922.

7 Field Marshal Earl Haig, KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE [Canmore ID 98203; War Memorial Reference 6040].

8 Moreland Auxiliary Hospital opened in 1915 and was located at Morelands on Tweed Green, Peebles. In 1922 Morelands and two adjoining houses were handed over to the community as The War Memorial Hospital. It was inaugurated on the same day as the Peebles War Memorial was unveiled. It was on Tweed Avenue, overlooking Tweed Green. It closed as a hospital in 1985 and became a private nursing home.

9 Robert Munro (1868-1955), 1st Baron Alness, GBE, PC, QC, DL, Scottish lawyer, judge and Liberal politician, who served as Secretary for Scotland (1916-1922), Lord Justice Clerk between 1922 and 1933, and was elected M.P. for the new Roxburgh and Selkirk Constituency in the 1918 General Election.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

4 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very mild this morning but had been raining : Kept fair till evening when it threatened to drizzle. I motored to Goslaw Green, Ettrick + Heather Mills + then on to Mount Benger + back by the Swire to Fauldshope.1 Dav.2 came in when I was having my tea to ask the way to Newcastleton having got a message to see Mrs Barton3 at Burnmouth.4 I went to meeting of Committee re Presentation to Mr Ross.5 They have collected £80. Got illustrated programme from Guy6 of the meeting held in connection with the Centenary of Junction Road U.P. Church7 of which Father was the first minister.8 Wrote Helen, Dora9 + Norman Grieve.10

1 Mountbenger, grid reference NGR NT309,253, over the Swire though NT369,259 to Fauldshope, Kirkhope, NT414,255, where Dr Muir had been attending the Wilson family.

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

3 Burnmouth, Castleton Parish, grid reference NGR NY554,955, between Old Castleton and Saughtree.

4 Miss Bessie Barton (1877-1935), daughter of John Barton and Ann Barton née Scott; Bessie was Proprietor and Occupier of the farm and house at Burnmouth, Castleton [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/657, Roxburgh County, page 657 of 993].

5 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland minister, who moved to Selkirk in 1903 and was there until his retiral with the exception of a period in early 1918 when he was in France with the Scottish Churches Huts.

6 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother.

7 On 30 April 1822 the “Relief Congregation Leith” was founded and it was agreed in 1923 to build a place of worship on the “the proposed new Road” which was going to be called either St Anthony’s Road or Junction Road but was called Great Junction Street after the Church was built [The History of Leith].

8 The timeline of the St Thomas Junction Road Church notes “1823 The first Minister, the Rev. Francis Muir, is called and ordained” [The History of Leith].

9 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters.

10 Assume Norman William Grieve who appears to have moved to (or taken an interest in property in) the Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire areas around 1911; it is feasible that he is the Norman William Grieve (about 1852-1936), born Hawick, who worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea companies according to A Hawick Word Book), he left £308,574.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

3 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull day with rain in afternoon+ evening. Saw 2 cases in town cycling + went on to Beechwood, back to Bridgelands + Hospital. Finished a very long letter to Patrick1 + wrote Helen.2 Dined with Sandy Roberts3 at Forest Club.4 There were 12 there including Plummer5, Scott (Gala)6, Sprot7, Steel8, Gen. Jardine9, Pringle Pattison10, Ramsay11, Hamilton Murray12 *13 Dundas14, Roberts + self.

1 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902.

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

3 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandy’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, of Fairnilee; Dr Muir was his guest at this meeting.

4 The Forest Club (a Selkirk based sporting club) reports this meeting of 3 October 1922 in its minutes, held at the Heritage Hub, Hawick, reference SBA/584/4, which document its membership, administration, activities and finances.

5 Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), J.P., Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirkshire, of Middlestead and Sunderland Hall.

6 John Henry Francis Kinnaird Scott (1859-1935) of Gala.

7 Mark Sprot (1881-1946), landowner and army officer, of Riddell, Lilliesleaf.

8 Samuel Strang ‘Sam’ Steel (1882-1961), M.P. Ashford, Kent 1918-1929, created 1st Baronet Steel, of Philiphaugh, Selkirk on 2 July 1938; sometime director of the Bank of Scotland and of the LNER before 1948, Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958.

9 Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine (1870-1955), C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L., British soldier and diplomat, later a Deputy Lieutenant for Roxburghshire, he owned land at Shawburn and Chesterknowes, Bowden and lived at Chesterknowes Park [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/538, Roxburgh County, page 538 of 993].

10 Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison (1856–1931), Scottish philosopher.

11 Douglas Munro Ramsay (1878-1951), of Bowland, Stow, Midlothian [birth, 18 Jun 1878, York, Ontario, Canada; death 1951, 699/ 9, Stow].

12 Hamilton Murray is not yet identified.

13 The other guests, omitted here but recorded in the The Forest Club minutes and presumably indicated by the asterisk, were Charles Bertram Dunlop (1877-1956) and James L Pringle (who is not yet identified).

14 Assume William Claxton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor and County Clerk for Selkirkshire after the First World War.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

2 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No rain to speak of. Strongish N.W. wind. Very small list. Didn’t go out after 11. Cycled to Fauldshope.1 Got cheques from Insurce Comttee for £164.5.0. and for mileage £84.9.7. Drew £250 from M.G.2 leaving still a balance of £42 due me for 1921-22. In afternoon began letter to Patrick.3 Had letters from Helen + Dora.4 Called at Elmpark5 after dinner. Wrote a testimonial for Miss Dickson (Hospital).6

1 Fauldshope, Kirkhope, grid reference NGR NT412,256, presumably to see the Wilson family, see diary entry for 1 October 1922.

2 M & G was the Muir & Graham medical co-partnership.

3 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902, driver, station hand, later farmer.

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughter.daughters.

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

6 Miss Dickson is unidentified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

1 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was called at 6.30 a.m. to Mrs Jas. Wilson, Fauldshope who had a d [daughter] about 15 mins after I got there.1 Got some breakfast + was home a little after 9. Took the car to Bridgelands (for Hardie2), Hospital, Raeburn Place + Halliday’s Park. Went to morning service + was not out again.

1 Eileen Anne Wilson, born 1 October 1922 at Fauldshope, Kirkhope, the daughter of James Wilson, farmer, and Maggie Jane Wilson née Young, of Fauldshope; her parents had married 11 October 1911 at Brucefield Farm, Dunfermline, Fife.

2 Assume James Hardie (about 1841-1922), ploughman (retired) and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 whom Dr Muir had been attending for a while.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

30 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Not a bad day but very little sun : raining at night. Saw 8-9 town cases + walked to the Moat1 + Deepslade2. Dined at Mauldsheugh3 + met a Col. + Mrs Stirling4 + Mrs M M Thorburn5, who brought me up in a motor.

1 Assume Motte, grid reference NGR NT458,268, which is identified as Moat in the 1886 Valuation Roll, see also Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.SE, published 1900.

2 Deepslaids, grid reference NGR NT485,268, south of Selkirk Common, see also Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.SW & SE, published 1900.XII.SW & SE

3 Mauldsheugh, 23 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk, home of David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

4 Colonel and Mrs Stirling are unidentified.

5 Assume Mary Alison Thorburn née Brodie (1890-1979), wife of Malcolm Murray Thorburn (1889-1977), manufacturer and sometime soldier, married, 1916, St Giles, Edinburgh.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

29 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

After five almost completely sunless days old Sol1 appeared in public and shone continuously all day. Wind N.N.W. moderate. Cycled to Tait’s Hill, Backfeus, Elmrow, Hospital, Cannon Street + then right up to Mount Benger then over Hartleap to Crosslee House by Fauldshope + Shielshaugh.2 It was after 4 when I got home having had no food since breakfast of which I took very little owing to dyspepsia during the night.

1 Sol (sun) is Dr Muir having a (rare) literary turn.

2 Leaving Selkirk Dr Muir has driven an anti-clockwise route of which the outward leg was up Yarrow and the return was via Ettrickbridge, taking in Mountbenger, grid reference NGR NT309,253, Hartleap, NT284,213, Yarrow, NT283,213, Crosslee, NT305,185, Fauldshope, NT414,255 and Shielshaugh, NT418,264.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

28 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weather if possible worse. Dense mist + rain all day. Motored to Raeburn Place + Mt Benger in the forenoon and in afternoon had to go down to Bridgelands to see old Jas. Hardie.1 In today’s paper I was astounded to see the death of Luke 2, formerly of Peebles Hydro, only 49.3 Sandie Roberts4 has asked me to dine at the Forest Club on Sunday. Wore my celluloid truss today + found it fairly comfortable.

1 James Hardie (about 1841-1922), retired ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 Valuation Roll.

2 Thomas Davey Luke (1873-1922), M.B., Ch.B, F.R.C.S. Edin., Medical Practitioner, born Illogan or Kenwyn, Cornwall, studied Queen’s Belfast and London, at Shandwick Place, Edinburgh in 1905 and at Venlaw, St Ronan’s, Peeblesshire in 1920, died St Brenda’s Nursing Home, Clifton, Bristol, 25 September 1922 (there is a picture of St Brenda’s in 1924 here); Dr Muir may have seen him last when Luke attended a medics’ dinner on 19 March 1920 at which Dr Muir was the croupier [sources: statutory BMDs; 1920 Valuation Roll; UK & Ireland, Medical Directory 1905 for Thos. Davey Luke].

3 Thomas Luke packed a lot into his relatively short life: the Wellcome Collection notes 13 publications and even by 1905 his curriculum vitae in the Medical Directory suggested an energetic perhaps even restless individual) [UK & Ireland, Medical Directory 1905 for Thos. Davey Luke].

4 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandie’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, the third son of the late George Roberts (about 1798-1877), woollen manufacturer and Provost of the burgh of Selkirk.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

27 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No improvement in the weather : thick mist all day. Wind E. Message to Fauldshope for Mrs Jas. Wilson1[and] motored up. Went to meeting of Division with David2 who read a paper on types of appendicitis. Got back at 6 to get a’phone from Hiddleston3 that Jo. Mitchell of Mt Benger4 had been injured in a motor smash : that he had attended to him but that he would have to be seen tonight so I motored up there. He had been a good deal knocked about but there were no serious injuries. The driver of the car with which he collided was Major Keswick of Mabie.5

1 Assume Maggie Jane Wilson née Young, formerly a school teacher, who had married James Wilson, farmer, of Fauldshope, Kirkhope, at Brucefield Farm, Dunfermline on 11 October 1911; James Wilson was the son of William Wilson, farmer, and Lilias Wilson née Tod.

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

3 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), L.R.C.P.S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner; he had served in the Royal Navy (invalided out 23 March 1916) and “purchased the Panel and Private practice of the late Dr John Wilson, Selkirk.”

4 Assume John Hume Mitchell (1883-1940), farmer, who was tenant of various properties at Mountbenger and Bengerburnhope, Yarrow [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/389, Selkirk County, page 389 of 611]: he was the son of James Mitchell, farmer, and Helen Mitchell née Nichol, and married to Elizabeth Beatrice Scott.

5 Major Keswick is unidentified but was almost certainly one of the sons of James Johnstone Keswick (1845–1914), Scottish businessman in China and Hong Kong and sometime head of Jardine Matheson & Co., and Marion ‘Minnie’ Parkes (about 1860-1949); Marion was at Mabie, Troqueer, Dumfries [1920 and 1925 Valuation Rolls]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

26 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Same dull depressing fog + a much stronger SSE wind which was very much in my favour. Said goodbye + left them all half dressed about 10.25. The distance to Alnwick via the Bridge is 4.7. Via Lesbury 5.2.1 Took an hour to [do] the first 8 miles but after that did over 10 m.p.h. Stopped for 22 m [minutes] after Akeld2 + had a cigarette. There was slight drizzle then. Got to Kelso at 2.30 + had tea. Left at 13.12 + only dismounted once at Maxton House to put on my cape. It rained heavily to near Selkirk. Got home at 5.10 feeling quite fresh. It had poured here all day. My total mileage since Friday is 217.45 an average of 54.36 for the four days on which I cycled. I only dismounted 5 times between Bewick3 + Selkirk + one of these was to smoke, another for tea + one to put on my cape.

1 Dr Muir crossing the Aln at the Duchess Bridge grid reference NGR NU243,108 and recrossed via Lesbury Old Bridge, NU232,115, rather than stay on the north and east side of the River Aln through Lesbury, NU237,117 (though the two routes meet just north of the Old Bridge and just west of Lesbury House to cross the Aln at Hawkhill Bridge before heading into Alnwick).

2 Akeld, NT958298, where it is probable that Dr Muir turned off the main to to cut across the northern edge of the Cheviot to reach Kelso, (though he does not say as much and may in fact have continued to Coldstream before heading to Kelso).

3 Bewick, NU068,214, S.E. of Wooler.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]