20 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Magnificent cloudless morning but it soon clouded over + was dull all day with a heavy shower about midday. Cycled to Buccleuch Road, Cannon Street, Faldonside, Fairnilea Lodge (Ad. Jackson dying1) + Hospital. Then I got messages to Cutcarwood + Bengerburnhope and motored there + Haining Henhouse. The [?] magnificent at Whitehope + the Whin3 also. Thick mist on the hill. Wrote Jean3 (who is coming out on Monday) about trains.

1 John Jackson (it is not evident why he is referred to as “Ad”), retired shepherd and husband of Isabella Oliver, lived at Fairnilee East Lodge, Caddonfoot, aged 84, the son of John Jackson, shepherd, and Janet Jackson née Muir, he died 24 May, of cardiac failure and arterio-sclerosis certified by D Charles [sic] Graham, M.B., Ch.B. of Mauldsheugh, Selkirk [1922, 774/A 7, Caddonfoot]

2 The Gorse is known as Whin in Scotland; the Editor cannot recognise the other plant referred to

3 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, living in Edinburgh

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

19 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull day with one or two showers. Strong N.W. wind. Cleared up about 4. Saw 2 town cases + then cycled to Craighill. Got a shower at Hutlerburn + another just as I got to Ettrick Kirk, but no more. Found Mrs Anderson1 horribly thin. Went on up Tima + down Eskdalemuir2. Roads excellent. Summit 5 from Ramsaycleuch + 20 from Langholm. Took the high road from Eskdalemuir Church. Had my tea near the top. Took the road on left of Esk. Very pretty. Took the road to Sorbie + so home3. Had a very stiff ride from Hawick against the wind + had to walk hills that I generally cycle. Got home at 8.30 + enjoyed a lovely bit of salmon (from Magic Cave4) + a W. + S. [whisky and soda] = 76.15 miles.

1 The Editor assumes that this must refer to Grace Anderson née Davidson, wife of John Lindsay Anderson, shepherd and widower of Margaret Abbey McCliskie (1867-1914); at their marriage 7 March 1919 at Cossarshill, Ettrick, both John and Grace were recorded as of “Craighill Ettrick”

2 Dr Muir has continued up the Tima Water and down the White Esk, crossing the waters head at grid reference NT253,072, and appears to have taken the higher and more easterly route from Eskdalemuir and then the road east of the River Esk onwards perhaps all the way to Staplegordon without crossing the Esk

3 Dr Muir has started his journey home by cutting off the triangle of roads with Langholm at its south east tip travelling north of Wrae Hill and joining the Ewes Water and the A7 just after Sorbie, NY366,900, thereafter following the A7 very nearly the whole way home; the climb from Eweslees to Mosspaul at the end of a day’s cycling must have been punishing for a 76 year old man on a two-speed bike

4 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946) whose lavish generosity had several times prompted Dr Muir to call her home ‘the Magic Cave’ though he had not called it that for longish period prior to this occasion

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

18 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sloe in full bloom

Slates +c wet. Fine day with some showers. Strong S.W. wind. Clear + sunny: duller at night. Glass rising [illegible] looking better. Foliage + grass have come forward this week. Cycled to Chapel Place, Bank, [illegible] Road, Cannon Street, Hospital, Curror Street + Clifton Road. Wm Wear1 died at 7 p.m. David2 asked me to go to Midlem Mill to see a child Young. I cycled over + found it had died3. David attended Mrs Thorburn (d.)4. Took Mrs Black’s box back5. Nancy6 called.

1 William Weir, retired plumber and widower of Margaret Burns, died 18 May 1922 at 2a Clifton Road, Selkirk, aged 81, death certified by “John S Muir M.B. +c”; he was the son of John Wear, wool-sorter, and Mary Wear née Blyth

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

3 John Cockburn Young, born 12 April 1922 and died 18 May 1922 at Midlem Mill, Bowden, Roxburghshire, of Broncho Pneumonia, death certified by D Charles [sic] Graham M.B., Ch.B.; John was the son of James Turnbull Young, gardener, and Davina Melville Young née Durie, married 1907 at Edinburgh

4 Mary Alison Thorburn née Brodie, wife of Malcolm Murray Thorburn, woollen manufacturer, gave birth to a daughter Elizabeth Mary Thorburn at 7. 20 a.m. 18 May 1922 at Dandswall, Selkirk; the parents had married 15 June 1916 at Edinburgh

5 Jessie Black née Cochrane (1863-1935), wife of John Black, gamekeeper and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at the Old Tollhouse, Whitmuirhall; he was recorded there from at least 1909 until the Second World War [e.g. 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

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

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

17 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Distinctly milder: dull + drizzling [illegible word] forenoon: no sunshine S.W. [wind]. I seem to be getting less + less to do. Walked to Cannon Street, Buccleuch Road, Kilncroft, Castle Street, Backrow + High Street. Got my hair cut in afternoon + dug up about 150 dandelions on the tennis green. Helen1 busy spring cleaning the Drawingroom. Got letter from Cox2 (B.M.A.) about the fees for [illegible word] Dominion Emigrant [sic]3. Made out route + mileage from Holefield to Buttermere4 for the Ogilvies5. Mrs John Black6 sent me some gulls eggs.

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

2 The Editor has not been able to identify Cox’s role at the British Medical Association

3 Presumably this refers to the Indian [sic] who had consulted Dr Muir on 8 May 1922

4 Holefield farm, Sprouston, where W H Ogilvie was born, to Buttermere, Cumberland where, by coincidence, Dr Muir had holidayed in late June and early July 1920

5 Dr Muir had discussed this trip two days previously with Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), the wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

6 Jessie Black née Cochrane wife of John Black, gamekeeper and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at the Old Tollhouse, Whitmuirhall; he was recorded there from at least 1909 until the Second World War [e.g. 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

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

16 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wet morning up till 1. A shade milder but still cold + unseasonable. Dora1 took Enid Baxter2 back to Edinburgh. I have enjoyed little Enid’s visit very much. She is an affectionate wee thing with most lovely eyes. I had to take the car to Castle Street, Chapel Place, Hosp [possibly deleted], St Mary’s + Forest Mill, Cannon Street, Philiphaugh Sawmill, Newarkburn + Haining. Had to go down in afternoon to St Mary’s Mill Lodge to certify a man Pringle3 for Melrose4. Dav.5 called + finally adjusted our deed of Copartnery + the Viewfield lease. + we talked regarding his claim for an increased share of the profits of the practice6.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

2 The best identification of Enid is that she was Enid Gordon Baxter (1917-2013), born 1 Nov 1917 at Gothenburg, daughter of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager and informant of the birth, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns]

3 Pringle is unidentified

4 Presumably for the Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk District Asylum at Dingleton Road, Melrose [Canmore ID 100238]

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

6 There have been references to changes to the medical partnership on and off since at least Dr Muir’s diary entry of 30 August 1921

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

15 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Cold dull day + no sunshine. Paid Feu Duty + Fire Insurance. Saw some town cases walking + Cannon Street. Madge Ogilvie1 called + I gave her tea the others being at Wellwood. She We had a talk + studied the map [?]2 + read books in connection with a prospective ride she + Ogilvie3 are taking from Holefield4 to Buttermere. Mrs Mack5 took H.6, D.7, Barb.8, + Miss Walter9 [?] to the Picture Ho.

1 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963)

2 There is no doubt that Dr Muir’s writing has deteriorated sharply

3 William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

4 Holefield farm, Sprouston, where W H Ogilvie was born

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, daughter of Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet and Agnes Watson née Simpson

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

7 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

9 This individual has not been identified 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]

14 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still cold but perhaps a little less so. Wind W.S.W. Some spots of rain once or twice + raining at night. Walked to Hospital, Curror Street, Clifton Road + Elmrow + went to morning service but was called away before the sermon for Mrs Hudson, Buccleuch Road who had a son at 12.151. Mrs Hudson had gone first for D.2 who was at Borthwickbrae3 + he came just after the birth. I had some trouble with the Placenta. Enid4 was at church with Dora5. I went to evening service with Helen6. Jack 7, Barb.8 + Boylan9 were at supper. I had Jas. Scott junr, Curror Street10 with a free ulna + at 10 had to go across to Curror Street to see a girl Peggy Brown11.

1 John William Hudson, born 14 May 1922, the son of John Hudson, burgh roadman, and Annie Hudson née Lynch [birth, 1922, 778/ 50, Selkirk; 1925 Valuation Roll, VR007900013-/106, Selkirk Burgh, page 106 of 315]

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

3 Assume Borthwickbrae, Roberton, beyond Ashkirk and Blawearie and thus well outside the medical practice’s normal operating area

4 The best identification of Enid is that she was Enid Gordon Baxter (1917-2013), born 1 Nov 1917 at Gothenburg, daughter of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager and informant of the birth, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns]

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

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

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and three time Provost of Selkirk; Dr Muir’s son-in-law, later knighted “for political and public services in Selkirk”

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

9 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), retired civil engineer, worked in India, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount and Shawpark, Selkirk

10 James Scott, woollen carder, was Tenant Occupier of a house 23 Curror Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/178, Selkirk Burgh, page 178 of 644]

11 There is more than one family called Brown in Curror Street and Peggy is unidentified, though it may be possible to identify her 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]

13 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Lovely morning + a fair amount of sunshine but the same piercing wind W.N.W. Had a cycle run after seeing a few cases, to Innerleithen (14), Leithenhead (7), Garvald Lodge 2½, Old Coach Road (4.7) + the main road to Falahill (1.8). Then a glorious run down Gala water doing 15 miles in a little over an hour. Total run 53.6 miles in 6 hours1. I took my tea in some ruined houses overlooking Gladhouse, Temple and Carrington2 +c. Arthur’s Seat just visible through a haze. My hands were quite benumbed after my tea but got warm when my back was turned to the wind.

1 Dr Muir has cycled from Innerleithen more or less due north via Garvald Lodge, grid reference NGR NT355,504, and returned south down the Gala Water through Stow and Galashiels; it looks likely that he did not travel as far north as Middleton on the B7007 (in which case he would have had to have turned south to hit Falahill) but instead turned at the crossroads at NT370,565 onto the road which ran through Old Middleton and Swarehouse, proceeding south of Falahill Hill and eventually hitting what is now the A7 north of Heriot

2 Dr Muir probably took tea in the area of Wull Muir if he was able to see Gladhouse (the reservoir was there long before this date), Temple and Carrington

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

12 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Awful! Snow on the hills! But fair all day. Some sunshine: very cold N. + N.E. wind. Went to Beattie’s1 office with the form for Dean of Guild Court in connection with the room we are putting up for the nurse at Viewfield. Cycled to Rockville, Clifton Road + Curror Street. Then walked to Forest Road, Kilncroft, Henhouse + on once by Brownmoor to a plantation on the March between Haining + Middlestead returning by Greendemains2. It was 3.30 before I got back. Somebody with a 2 horse caravan is in the park close to the farms.

1 Thomas Beattie, Burgh Surveyor, at the Surveyor’s Office, Municipal Offices, High Street, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/256, Selkirk Burgh, page 256 of 644]

2 Brownmoor, grid reference NGR NT461,265, Middlestead, just along from Oakwood Mill, NT452,264 and Greendemains, the ascent if travelling southwards between Braw Gates and Brown Moor Heights running through indicative grid reference NT471,252

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

11 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Brilliant cloudless morning followed by a dull, dour cold day with slight E. wind. Cycled to Curror Street + Hospital where I took a lot of swabs1 + brought them up to Beattie2 to send to Kennedy3. Then I cycled to Forest Road, Beechwood (out), Fauldshope + (via Middlestead), Haining, Henhouse where Willie Laidlaw4 has got the turn. Went over to Gala to Henderson5 + met him, Oliver6 + Somerville7 re the Branch meeting on the 26th June. On my way back got a puncture of back tyre at the Boleside road end + had to walk home. It was raining at night. David8 looked in9.

1 Swabs for Diphtheria tests

2 Assume Thomas Beattie, Burgh Surveyor at the Surveyor’s Office, Municipal Offices, High Street, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/256, Selkirk Burgh, page 256 of 644]

3 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924

4 William Braid Laidlaw (1902-1985), whom Dr Muir had been attending for what may have been Diphtheria; the son of John Laidlaw, saw miller, and Agnes Laidlaw née Taylor, brother of John Laidlaw (1904-) and Robert Braid Laidlaw (1906-), all living at Henhouse, The Haining, Selkirk at the 1911 Census

5 Percy James Henderson (1871-1935), M.B., CM (Ed.), 1896, medical practitioner, at Church Street, Galashiels in 1920

6 Assume Matthew James Oliver (1863-1951), M.B., C.M., D.P.H., Medical Officer of Health for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire

7 James William Somerville (1866-1934), medical practitioner at Galashiels, son of Robert Somerville (about 1835-1905)

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

9 Because of Dr Muir’s hurried punctuation the Editor has had to make editorial choices and this seems to be the best interpretation.

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