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

Dull day with occasional drizzle but fair in evening. Coldish WNW. Cycled in town Curror Street, Dunsdale, Oakwood, Bluecairn, Philiphaugh Stables, Beechwood + in afternoon cycled down to Melrose + saw Miss Dunn1 who is staying with her old nurse Miss Galbraith2 at the … Temp[erance] Hotel. Her cousin Miss Crawford3 who died recently has left her £300. David4 has heard that his weekend leaves are to be discontinued.

1 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]

2 Not identified

3 Not identified

4 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner had been staying away for periods of time as part of a mobilisation that stretched back to the time of the miners’ lockout and ‘Black Friday’ 15 April 1921

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

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

David looked in.The poor chap had to go to Caverslee1 [sic] late at night.

Delightful day. Went to see Miss Dunn2 at Melrose + take a run after but was kept till after 2 by Mrs Malkin (Jean Christy) who had her 3rd, a fine boy3. Saw town cases walking + cycling. Wrote Jean4 proposing getting a girl here to help her. Mrs [illegible] called about her father5. Dav.6 is to see him.

1 Caverslea, Kirkhope

2 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]

3 Frank Malkin (1921-2005), son of Joseph Frank Malkin, motor mechanic, and Jeannie Clark Malkin née Christie who had married 1916 at Selkirk [birth, 1921, 778/ 53, Selkirk and parents’ marriage 1916, 778/ 19, Selkirk]

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

5 Not identified

6 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]

12 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Raining last night but fair all day: pleasant + warm: roads sticky. Motored in town + to Beechwood, Philiphaugh Stables + Oakwood. Cycled down to Curror Street to see Mrs James Cockburn1. Did town book work. Had smoke at the bower. Wade2 came by motor (a new, nice little Calcott3) at 6.20. Gave him some tea. He lectured in Union Hall on his experiences in Egypt, Syria + Palestine: fair audience. Smith in chair. Collec. (taken during an interval) £4 5 0. We had supper after to which Barbara4 came + David5 looked in. He, poor chap, had to go to Crosslee late at night.

1 Mrs Cockburn is not yet identified

2 This may well be Henry Wade (1876-1955), surgeon, scientist and soldier; a medical student at Edinburgh, he subsequently worked at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh but also saw two periods of military service, in the Boer War and (as Captain to the Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade) in the Dardanelles, Egypt and Syria campaigns during the First World War [Dugald Gardner (2005), ‘Surgeon, Scientist, Soldier – The life and times of Henry Wade 1876-1955’, Royal Society of Medicine Press]

3 Calcott or Calcott Brothers Ltd. ran a car factory in their old bicycle works at Far Gosford Street, Coventry from 1913 until 1926 when, having produced about 2,500 cars, they were taken over by Singer [http://www.britishmm.co.uk/history.asp?id=183 – archived]

4 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

5 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]

11 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A warmer day + very pleasant. S.E. to S. [wind], a little rain later at night. Was out by 9.45 + cycled to in town + to PhilipH Stables + Oakwood + afterwards across to Mavisbank, Lilliesleaf + Riddell Lodge. Made 17 town calls + 8 county visits + cycled about 29 miles. H + D1 dined at Elmpark. Barbara2 also there. Got long letter from Willie Rodger3. Pike4 ‘Phoned me that he is going to Colinton Sanatorium. I don’t know how Jean5 will manage by herself.

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

2 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), one of Dr Muir’s granddaughter

3 William Brydone ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959), son of George Rodger (about 1843-1885), solicitor, and Isabella Margaret or Maggie Rodger née Brydone; born 27 December 1880, Selkirk, he was later a stockbroker and was at Sevenoaks, Kent in the 1911 Census

4 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent; he had married Dr Muir’s daughter Jean Muir only in 1920 and much to Dr Muir’s disapproval, at Newington, Edinburgh

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

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

10 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A pretty good day with much sunshine but still cold. S.W. wind. Was called up at 4.30 a.m. to attend Mrs Ewart, Ettrickhaugh Road who had a d. [daughter1] before I arrived. Got home at 6 but didn’t go to bed. Breakfasted at 7.30. Saw some town cases + motored to Oakwood, Crosslee, Craighill, Beechwood, Ettrickhaugh Road, Muthag Street +c getting back at 2.15. Was not out again till 7 when I saw Mary Dobson2 – sinking – + old Fell3 at Viewfield. Helen4 had signalling practice in the Park. Got 24 gulls eggs from Mrs Mack5.

1 Margaret Mary Ewart, born 10 May 1921, daughter of Thomas Ewart, maintenance engineer, and Annie Ewart née Cruickshank; later married Robert Howie Fulton, fireman [birth 1921, 778/ 45, Selkirk and death 1969, 775/ 175, Galashiels]

2 Mary Rodger née Dobson (1880-1921), died 11 May 1921, at Elm Row, Selkirk, usual residence 43 Tower Street, aged 41, of “Medullary Cancer in Axilla and breast 6 months”, death certified by John S Muir M.B. +c; the daughter of John Davidson, dye house labourer, and Mary Dobson nee Davidson she was married to Andrew Rodger, woollen millman

3 Assume Thomas Fell (about 1857-1923), retired gamekeeper, who was to die, aged 76, of “senile decay” in 1923; married to Jane Ismay, they lived at Bewlie Mains Cottages

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

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

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

9 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still coldish + there had been a little rain but it was fair all day with a dry S.W. wind. Dust flying on Gala Road. Cycled round town + to Beechwood + Philiphaugh Stables in forenoon + to Faldonside in afternoon. Had to go down to Craigview after evening Consultation to see a boy of Willie Johnston1 who had cut his leg. David2 had a busy day just up Ettrick + then to Yair +c. Helen3 went to the Picture House with Barbara4.

1 William R Johnston, mill manager, was Proprietor Occupier of a house ‘Craigview’ 5 Raeburn Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Rolls, VR007900012-/188, Selkirk Burgh, page 188 of 644]

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

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

4 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

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

8 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fair + sunny day but cold S.W. [wind]. Went to morning service after walking to see Nan Rodger1, The Green, Cockburn2, Dunsdale + Scott3, Sloethornbank. The quietest day I have had since Dav.4 was called up, he being at home. Went to evening service where a Missionary from W Africa spoke of the Missionary work on the Gold Coast +c. He was a very poor speaker + I missed a good deal of what he said. Mrs Mackintosh5 + Barbara6 came to supper. The latter is alone with Tim7 as Jack8 is in London + Nancy9 has taken Louise10 back to school.

1 Nan Rodger is not identified but John Rodger, innkeeper, was tenant at No. 3, The Green [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/208, Selkirk Burgh, page 208 of 644]

2 William Cockburn, mill worker, was tenant of a house at Dunsdalehaugh, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/192, Selkirk Burgh, page 192 of 644]

3 There were two people called Scott at Sloethorn Bank, Selkirk – Miss Lizzie Scott, weaver and Thomas Scott, millworker – but Dr Muir tends to identify women as Miss or Mrs so it is more likely that Dr Muir is referring to the latter in this diary entry

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

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), a close friend of Dr Muir

6 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

7 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson

8 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law

9 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

10 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter, was at a school at Bampton in Cumberland

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

7 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull wet morning but cleared up to be a nice sunny day: not warm but pleasant S.W. [wind]. Was called up at 5.45 for Mrs Hunter (Maggie Welsh) who has come from London to be confined. Did not get her over till 11.451. It was an R.O.A.2 and fearfully stiff with a big tear. Spent the rest of the day at Viewfield3 where D.4 operated on Miss Kirkpatrick5 (before I arrived) then on Thomson6 (Charlie Roberts’ chauffeur) for appendicitis: then a boy Ford7, Elmrow (hernia + circum) + then on old Fell8 for enlarged prostate which was not there although both D. + I had previously felt it. He got Novocain intraspinally without any effect + had to get chlor[oform].

1 Margaret Campbell Hunter, born 7 May 1921, daughter of of James Pherson Hunter and Margaret Campbell Hunter née Welsh, married 1919 at the Sheriff Court House, St Giles, Edinburgh when he was 30 and she 31; at that time he was a commercial traveler living at Bloemfontein Road, Shepherd’s Bush and she was a schoolteacher teacher of 44 High Street, Selkirk – his father was born in Scotland and worked as a “Cashier, woolen” [Sources: 1901 Census, RG13/42/6/4/21; and births 1921, 778/ 49, Selkirk and 1919, 685/4 1719, St Giles]

2 Right Occiput Anterior

3 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital

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

5 Lilias (or Lillias) Mary Kirkpatrick (1866-1950), sister of Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), M.A. (Edin.), Church of Scotland minister at Yarrow 1912 onwards

6 Assume John Thomson, chauffeur, Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house and garden Kirkbank Cottage, Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/162, Selkirk Burgh, page 162 of 644]

7 James Alexander ‘Alex’ Ford (1918-), son of Robert Purves Ford, railway clerk, and Annie Ford née Brown; Robert Purvis Ford, goods clerk, was tenant of a house and garden at Elm Row, Selkirk in 1921 (Statutory registers Births 778/ 53) and 1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/133, Selkirk Burgh, page 133 of 644]

8 Assume Thomas Fell (about 1857-1923), retired gamekeeper, who was to die, aged 76, of “senile decay” in 1923; married to Jane Ismay, they lived at Bewlie Mains Cottages

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

6 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull Misty day, raining almost constantly but calm S.E. to S.W. David1 being home I had not as much to do + saw only a few town cases. Did some clerical work. Wrote Mrs Baptie thanking her for the grapes2 + began a letter to Patrick3. Sent Dunlop4 a copy of “Robbie Doo.”5. Helen6 supped at Viewfield. David came up + we talked over the cases.

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

2 Mary Jane ‘Molly’ Baptie née Inglis (1876-?1961), from Selkirk but married and living in South Africa had sent a box of grapes to Dr Muir, see diary entry for 28 April 1921

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

4 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk; just conceivably Charles Bertram Dunlop (1877-1956), his son but he was born in Yorkshire and even as late as the 1939 England and Wales Register he is still living there

5 ‘Robbie Doo’ (1912) by Joseph Laing Waugh; Robbie Doo was a stone-mason in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

6 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]

5 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Heavy hoar frost this morning, a nice day on the whole: wind round to S but still cold. A few drops of rain in afternoon. Motored to Eastfield + Riddell Lodge after breakfast at 7.30. Then saw a few walking + cycled to Yair + Bridgelands + after tea to Yarrow Terrace, Beechwood, Old Mill Farm1, Bluecairn, Howford Cottage + Oakwood. Helen2 was at a farewell recital by Chris “Reekie” [?3 at Heatherlie Church. David4 came back from Ed[inburgh] till next Tuesday. Wrote Jean5 giving report on Pike’s6 operation.

1 Old Mill Farm, Selkirk, near Philiphaugh, grid reference NGR NT448,277

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

3 The recital has not been identified

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

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

6 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval) at Newington, Edinburgh

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