22 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dense fog + hoar frost this morning followed by a magnificent day, very clear. Saw a few town cases + cycled to Yarrowford + Thirladean. Motored with D. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] in afternoon to Faldonside (temp. toward normal twice) + on to St Boswells to Division meeting at which Blair gave report of Representative meeting + Davidson, Kelso read [a] paper on acute appendicitis.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

21 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Streets + slates wet but there was no rain during the day + a fair amount of sunshine: but a very cold east wind. I saw a doz. town cases + Forest Mill. Motored to Faldonside in afternoon + came back to Railway Hotel under the impression that there was a meeting of the Panel1 Commttee but I found I had been misled by a old circular of a meeting on July 21st! Mrs Mackintosh2 called to consult me about Erskine3 + his wife. The latter is seeking a separation.

1 The Medical Panel normally met at The Railway Hotel, St Boswells

2 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

3 Mrs Mackintosh’s son James Erskine Harper (1887-1953) had married Gladys Gilroy in 1914 at Liverpool

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

20 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

It was fine today + clear + sunny up till 4 when it rained. Coldish W. wind. Met David [David Graham, co-partner] at Clark1 the dentists + gave him (D.) gas to have 2 teeth removed extracted. His gestures gestures when coming out were most ridiculous! Cycled to Faldonside after making 9 town visits. Got back at 2. Climbed the hill above the saw mill on Faldonside + enjoyed the view. Helen [Muir] had lunch + tea at Elmpark2 + went to the Picture House with Mrs Mc. after. That kind lady sent me a lot of the late Mac’s socks3: a bunch of paper + some pears.

1 Thomas Raeburn ‘T Raeburn’ Clark (c.1880-1943), dental surgeon at 8 The Green, Selkirk, and of Ettrickbridge, 1920 Valuation Roll; married to Isabella Watson, he died, 9 July 1943, aged 63, at 153 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh, usual residence Elburn, Ettrickbridge.

2 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’ on account, it would seem, of her generosity

3 Agnes Mackintosh’s second husband Andrew Macandrew Mackintosh had died in 1917

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

19 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very pleasant day with a good deal of sunshine + a slight but sharpish N.W. air. It had rained during the night + the roads were heavy so I motored to Faldonside1 after seeing half a dozen town cases walking + returned via Kilncroft + Heatherlie. Then I walked to Castle Street + Southport [sic] coming over by reservoir2. Went to evening service + saw Mrs Scott’s child3 (Hawthorn Cottage) after. Read for a while in the bower. Jack came up for maps of Cumberland + Lancashire for his father4.

1 Presumably to see Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 There are two reservoirs for Selkirk Town Council waterworks, above Marion Crescent and behind Rosebank Quarry; either way Dr Muir appears to have taken a diversion

3 Assume Jessie Kemp Scott née Colledge and her son Francis Napier Scott (1914-1976), living at Hawthorn Cottage, Dovecot Park, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Sir John Tonkin Roberts (1845-1934), C.M.G., businessman, politician and Mayor of Dunedin was evidently over in the U.K.; born in Selkirk he settled in New Zealand in the late 1860s, married and had a son John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (later Dr Muir’s son-in-law) who travelled the other way and was a businessman and three-times Provost of Selkirk

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

18 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull misty morning. Sunny forenoon: heavy rain + hail at 1 – pretty local – Yarrow Show. Helen went with Nancy1. Tom Alexander2 left this morning. David [Graham] had to go last night to Deloraine hope [sic]3 + he went again this morning + on to Borthwickbrae to shoot. I motored to Yarrowford and Faldonside + was in the house in afternoon till 5 when I walked to Smedheugh to find Mrs Dagg4 had gone to see me but she never turned up.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

2 Not identified

3 Delorainehope, Kirkhope, grid reference NGR NT341,187

4 Elizabeth Malcolm Dagg née Gardiner (1886-1927), whose husband Alexander Dagg (1885-1920), farmer, had died by drowning on 26 July 1920 at the Moss Pond, Smedheugh Farm, Selkirk; she died at Cathcart, Glasgow in 1927

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

17 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Streets wet this morning but kept fair all day. Very cold: fair amount of sunshine. David [Graham] went to Yarrowford in Swift1 + I took it to Faldonside. Miss Dees2 i.s.q.3 Signed lunacy cert. for the woman Turnbull4 who has been such a nuisance bawling + preaching in the Market Place. Tom Alexander went up to Thirladean after lunch + Baptie5 went for him before dinner. Agnes Farquharson6 came to tea. We had a fowl for dinner from the Magic Cave7.

1 The Swift was a car used by the Muir and Graham medical practice

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

3 In Status Quo

4 Turnbull x x see diary entry for xxx xxx

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

6 Agnes Farquharson (1865-1946), presumably the same referred to by Dr Muir in a diary entry of 14 February 1918 “We had a gathering here to cake wine & coffee after. Agnes Farquharson was there: It was delightful having all my dear lassies beside me.”

7 The Magic Cave was Dr Muir’s name for Elm Park, Selkirk, the home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946) who made regular and generous gifts of food and drink to Dr Muir

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

16 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fine forenoon. Heavy dew: possibly on the verge of frost. Rain came on about 4. Cycled to South Port, Beechbank + Elmrow + then motored taking Tom [Alexander] down Forest Road, Yarrowford, Cannon Street, Faldonside, Bemersyde Hill, Merton Bridge + St Boswells, getting back at 2. We went to Wellwood for tea. Mrs Geo. Roberts1 there. Saw Jack’s horses after2.

1 Sarah Elizabeth Roberts née Sclater (1860-), widow of George Roberts (c.1842-1910), tweed manufacturer

2 Horses of John Roberts junior, Dr Muir’s son-in-law

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

15 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Saw a few town cases + cycled down to Faldonside getting back in time to meet Charlie Boucher1 + his wife (Martha2) at the 12 train + ran them up to Newark + back by Colin’s Bridge. After lunch Charlie + I walked to the Gala Rigg + they left at 6. Martha is a very bright little Colleen. Charlie I would hardly have known. It was a nice day though rather hazy. Tom + I dined at Whitmuirhall. It was a very clear cold night.

1 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Boucher (1877-1947), distantly related to Dr Muir and his locum in 1902, born Belfast, he was a medical student in Snaith and Cowick, Yorkshire, West Riding in 1901 and returned to Ireland before 1915, to general practice at Donaghcloney, Co. Down

2 Boucher had married Martha Louise Denison in 1911 at Belfast

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

14 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Heavy dew. Dull forenoon. Some rain in afternoon + evening. Cycled to Yarrowford (Mrs Reid1), Cannon Street + Faldonside. Miss Dees2 improving but still some fever. Saw some town cases after tea. D. [Graham] at Borthwickbrae3 + then to Yarrowford + Old Lewinshopehope4 [sic]. Tom Alexander5 came back from Kirklea6. Looked in at Wellwood on my way back from Faldonside + saw Jack7 + the boys who returned from Troon yesterday.

1 Walter Reid was the “tenant occupier” of a house and garden at Cannon Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) was <i>in status quo</i> having had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

3 Robert Scott Noble was the “proprietor occupier” of the mansion house etc at Borthwickbrae, Roberton, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 James Tait was the “inhabitant occupier” of Lewenshope Hope [sometimes Lewinshope], Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT368,318 circa 1920 [1919 and 1921 Valuation Rolls, 1920 not available]

5 Not identified

6 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets, and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965)

7 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk; his boys were John ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Stewart Muir Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

13 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull morning followed by a delightful day. Sunny + with a light N.W. wind. Cycled via Knowepark &c + Forest Mill to Faldonside. Miss D. i.s.q. sleeping better + less drowsy1. The Lemons2 left this morning. Went on to Gattonside Bridge + up the road to East Housebyres thinking it would take me above Gattonside but I found it went down to the village3. Turned up another lane + got some lovely Barberries4. Came home by Boleside. Helen [Muir] called at Broomhill5. Charlie Boucher6 ‘Phoned from Edinburgh + I asked him out on Wednesday.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) was in status quo having had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 The engagement of Hugh Raymond Lemon (1899-1956), R.E. and Phyllis Dees, was announced in The Scotsman, 10 September 1920; he eventually married, Sep Quarter 1925, Anne Sybil Hudson at St. George Hanover Square Registration District [1a 1094]

3 Easter Housebyres, grid reference NGR NT537,371; it is not obvious what happened to Dr Muir here

4 Berberis vulgaris, common barberry or European barberry, its fruit is edible but very tart

5 It is not obvious whom Helen was visiting

6 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Boucher (1877-1947), locum to Dr Muir in 1902, born Belfast, was a medical student in Snaith and Cowick, Yorkshire, West Riding in 1901 and returned to Ireland before 1915, to general practice at Donaghcloney, Co. Down, marriage and eventually death; Boucher’s aunt with whom he was living in 1901 was Jane Shearburn née Auld, daughter of Charles Auld of Greenock and Isabella Auld née Logan, sister of Jane Logan, Dr Muir’s mother, making Dr Muir and Jane Shearburn first cousins, their shared grandparents being The Reverend James Logan and Catherine Stewart

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]