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

Quite a change. Dull sunless day with a bitter E wind. What a contrast to yesterday. Feeling much better + enjoyed my food. Saw 10 cases including Bell Lizzie Bell1, Linglie Cottages, walking + cycled to Hospital. Made preparations for a possible run to Alnmouth tomorrow (U.P.)2. Made some progress with the return for Scott[ish] Board of Health3. Dora4 went with Nancy5 to “Mr Pim Passes By6.

1 Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bell (dates), Tenant Occupier of Magdalene Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1921 VR; daughter of John Bell, tweed designer, and Joan Bell née Scott

4 The meaning of this abbreviation is not clear

5 Dr Muir was the Medical Officer of Health for many years

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

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

6 ‘Mr Pim Passes By’ is a 1921 British silent comedy film directed by Albert Ward and starring Peggy Hyland, Campbell Gullan and Maudie Dunham. It was based on the 1919 play of the same title by A A Milne [Source: Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971]

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

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

Was sick when dressing this morning but improved after. I had almost nothing to do so I walked to the Eildons1. It was an absolutely perfect day with a cool N.E. wind + perfectly clear atmosphere. I spent 11/2 hours on top + saw everything possible. In the rock area chair [?] it was sheltered + warm. I had a little chocolate + that was all I had between breakfast + dinner except a W. + S.2 when I got home. A good many people at night.

1 The Eildon Hills, Melrose

2 Whisky and soda

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

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

Very miserable with dyspepsia. Nice day: cool. Cycled to Synton Mill where I renewed acquaintance with Jas. Elliot1 + his wife: saw also Lambert2 who contracted Malaria in Mesopot[amia]. Called at Kirklea for Geordo3 who has symptoms of Chorea4. In afternoon cycled to Sunderland Hall Lodge + Faldonside where Mrs Dees5 gave me two cucumbers + some tomatoes. Had to trail down to Buccleuch Road after I got back to see Henderson’s child6.

1 Presumably James Elliot of Flex, Hawick, who was also tenant at Shielswood, Ashkirk, in which case his wife was Isabella Douglas Elliot née Amos [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/302, Selkirk County, page 302 of 611]

2 Assume John Lambert, labourer, who was at Ashkirk in the early 1920s

3 George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995), son 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); the family lived at Kirklea, Ashkirk

4 Chorea is an abnormal involuntary movement disorder

5 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey, born 7 April 1872, the Vicarage, Ancroft, Northumberland, died 8 March 1948, The Manager’s Residence, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa

6 Henderson’s child is not identified

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

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

Dull drizzling forenoon but faired later. Saw a doz town cases walking + Gibson + Lumgair1. Ellie Adams2, Ettrick Lodge looks like going melancholy mad. Began to make out returns of income + expenditure, +c +c for Scottish Board of Health.

1 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen manufacturers, of St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk

2 Ellie Adams was presumably living with her mother, Janet Adams, who was tenant at Ettrick Lodge, Ettrick Terrace, 1921 Valuation Roll; Ellie Adams (about 1881-) was described as a student teacher of Commercial Bank House, Selkirk on the 1911 Census

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

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

Feeling ever so much better for yesterday’s run. Saw a few town cases and was from 11 till nearly 2 at Viewfield where Dav.1 operated on Mrs Hill2 for ovarian cysts involving the uterus. He did a hysterectomy but but thought there are signs of malignant degeneration. Walked cycled down to Hospital in afternoon. Dora3 went to the Picture Ho. with Nancy4 + I dined alone. It was a nice day with less wind. Letter from Jean5 giving a bad account of Pike6. Sent her some [? A.K.H]. Called for Mrs Farquharson7 + for Mrs Scott8 Anderson1, who was out.

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

2 Mrs Hill is not identified

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

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

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

6 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), Dr Muir’s son-in-law who was very ill

7 Mrs Farquharson is not identified

8 Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (about 1857-1936), widow of T Scott Anderson and mother of Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Anderson who married W H Ogilvie

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

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

Rose at 5: breakfasted 6 + left at 7.5 for Foulden1. It was a lovely clear … with a S.W. to W. wind. I took it very easy to Smedheugh2 + from there went along with very little exertion. I went via Mertoun Bridge, Mainberry, Courthill, Stitchill + Eastfield to Orange Lane3. Between the 2 latter I went over a disused road, just a farm track with long dew covered grass4 but I managed without dismounting. Once on the main road I got along without the least exertion. Turned off the main road to Whitsome + then to Allanton + Chirnside5. Got to Foulden West Mains6 at 11.20 without fatigue + no thirst. The views were splendid. Found Mrs Craw7 + Dorothy8 at home. Frank9 + Craw10 were out shooting. Mrs Craw is a niece of Mr R M Ballantyne11 + my boyhood’s friend Jane Grant12. Foulden Mains (where Craw was born + which he has bought) is a farm of 1,000 acres. The house is an old fashioned 3 storey one with a flight of steps to the front door. Saw Frank’s two girls Diana + Margaret13. Had lunch + left at 2, returning via Hutton + turning off by Kelso racecourse. The wind was against me + I was pretty tired when I got back. Had a lovely Jargonelle pear14 that Craw gave me, at Mainberry.

1 Foulden, Berwickshire, grid reference NGR NT932,558

2 Smedheugh, Selkirk, just east of Selkirk Golf Club, NT NT489,279

3 Dr Muir travelled from Mertoun Bridge, NT609,320, along the B6404 though the junction at NT673,351 past Mainberry, NT679,357 and Courthill, NT688,365, presumably across Stichill Bridge to Stichill, NT713,384 before continuing north eastwards before turning south east to Stichill Eastfield, NT732,397

4 The Editor speculates that this refers to the track that runs just north west of Eccles Hill, linking Harlaw road end and Crosshall, through grid reference NGR NT754,417, en route between Stichill Eastfield and Orange Lane, NT773,425; it is shown as a road or track on Ordnance Survey Six Inch Berwickshire Sheet XXVIII.NW published 1909

5 Whitsome, NT864,505, Allanton, NT866,541 and Chirnside, NT869,565

6 Foulden West Mains NT9098,5582, also West Foulden or West Foulden Farm [Canmore ID 128362]

7 Annie Millard Craw nee Grant (1886-1953)

8 Dorothy Muir née Armitage (1873-1943), of Cheshire

9 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer and Dr Muir’s nephew

10 James Hewat Craw (1880-1933), farmer, Proprietor Occupier of a farm and house at West Foulden, Berwickshire [1921 Valuation Roll]; the son of Henry Craw, farmer, and Alison Goodwillie Craw née Hogue, he was born West Mains, Foulden, married 3 Dec 1875, St Giles, Newington, Edinburgh, to Annie Millard Grant (1886-1953) [1914, 685/4 1033] and died aged 53, at Laggan Ulva [Mull], Argyll, usual residence, 5 Merchiston Gardens, Edinburgh

11 Robert Michael ‘R M’ Ballantyne (1825-1894), Scottish author and artist

12 Jane Grant is not identified

13 Diana Marianne Muir, later Greener (1910-) and Margaret Helen Muir (1913-), daughters of Francis ‘Frank’ Muir and Dorothy Muir née Armitage (1873-1943); Admirers of Mary Queen of Scots may appreciate the fact that a family newsletter of 1935 stated that “Margaret Muir is on a Dairy Farm at Fotheringhay, where her principal job is cheese-making.”

14 The dessert pear Pyrus communis ‘Jargonelle’

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

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

Strong S.W. gale but without rain: glass rising: pretty cold. Gathered a lot of apples. Saw a few town cases + cycled to Sunderland Hall Lodge1 + garden. Went to evening service. Feeling rather seedy + dyspeptic. I am not getting nearly as much cycling as David2 monopolises the County work. + I the sedentary life is telling on me.

1 Sunderland Hall had more than one lodge so Dr Muir’s destination is unclear

2 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]

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

Brilliant morning: colder. Some heavy sho Heavy shower at 4 a.m. + several after 4 p.m. Saw some town cases + I was at Viewfield from 11 to 2.20. Dav.1 clamped Neil Hogg’s2 humerus which took a long time + removed a fibroid polypus from Fanny Boyle3 + then Tonsils + ad[enoids]. from child McKearney4. I sent a boy of And. Rodger5 to Hosp. with Diph. + a woman Wightman6 was sent by Hiddleston7.

The Scots Greys passed through the town today on their way to Stobs

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

2 Neil Macdonald Hogg (1890-), was aged 19 and with his family at Deuchar Mill, Yarrow, 1911 Census

3 Fanny Boyle, aged 28 and born Ireland, was living at Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk and working as a woollen darner for a tweed manufacturer, 1911 Census

4 The child McKearney is not identified

5 Andrew Rodger, woollen millworke, and his wife Mary Rodger nee Dobson had boy children John Dobson Rodger (1911-), Andrew Rodger (1914-) and Frank Dobson Rodger (1916-); the parents had married November 1903 at Selkirk

6 Conceivably Bella Wightman who was at Thirlestane, Ettrick, aged 18, 1911 Census or an (unidentified) wife of Allan Wightman, insurance collector, who was at Halliday’s Park, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll

7 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), L.R.C.P.S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner

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

Notes on the Patrick family of Hamilton, Lanarks

Christina Robertson Rodger (about 1846-1924) was the daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official, and Jane Henderson (about 1806-1869). Christina married 1874, Selkirk, David Patrick, solicitor, of West Croft, Hamilton and they had issue as noted below. The children’ identities are clear, though research for Dr Muir’s diary has been made difficult by the parents’ occasional changes to names – Constance in the birth registration is recorded as Christina by the 1891 Census, the same given name as her younger sister Christina R R Patrick who appears in the same census, and their sister Andrina Edith Patrick was called Alexandria in the same Census

Patrick ‘Rodger’ Patrick (1875-1932), born 21 December 1875 at Woodcroft, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, a solicitor, died 14 February 1932 at Garnicklea, Auchengramont Road, Hamilton, aet 56; married to Hilda Gertrude Wheatley (about 1882-1964)

Jane Henderson Marshall Patrick (1877-1886), born 16 March 1877 at Woodcroft, Hamilton, died 30 July 1886 at Woodview, Hamilton aet 9, of peritonitis

John Herbert Patrick (1878-1878), born 6 June 1878 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, died aged 0 of Scarlatina

Helen Muriel Patrick (1880-1919), born 30 January 1881, died 18 November 1919 at Woodbury, Union Street, Hamilton, aged 39, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for Wednesday 19 November “Got wire [telegram] from Hamilton that Helen Patrick died last night. Wrote all the girls to tell them + also Tina.”

Elizabeth Maud Patrick (1881-1945), born 30 Jan 1881 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, died 17 June 1945, aet 64, buried Bent Cemetery, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

Constance Mary Patrick ‘Connie’ (1882-1968), born 4 June 1882 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, died 21 April 1968, at 8 Chalmers Crescent, Newington, Edinburgh, aged 85, of “Independent Means”; referred to as Christina in 1891 Census

Andrina Edith ‘Alexandria’ Patrick (1883-1957), born 16 June 1883, at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, died 29 October 1957 [Cheltenham 7b 398]; referred to as Alexandria in 1891 Census

David ‘Balfour’ Patrick (1884-1916), born 29 December 1884 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, a solicitor, a partner of Messrs. Moncrieff, Warren, Paterson & Co., Glasgow and seemingly referred to as Balfour in Dr Muir’s diary of Tuesday 22 September 1914, died 18 July 1916, aged 32, Highland Light Infantry, 11th Battalion attd. 28th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), commemorated France, Somme, Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15 C.

Alfred George Patrick (1888-1907), born 20 March 1888 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, lost at sea, July 1907 en route from Newcastle, New South Wales to Iquique, Chile on board Silberhorn, No. 87953, an iron four-masted barque of 1023 gross tons, classed 100 A1 at Lloyd’s Register, built at Port Glasgow in 1884 by Messrs Russell and Co., and is owned by Messrs. C E De Wolf and Co., Captain J B Warren [https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/45842544] “Left Newcastle, NSW, for Iquique with a cargo of coal. A burning wreck, which was later believed to have been the Silberhorn, was observed at the Juan Fernandez Islands by the German barque Anny.” [http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Ships/Fourmast_ships/Silberhorn(1884).html]; there is a fine picture here four-masted iron barque Silberhorn, the Registry of this ship was closed in 1908 [https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10188815]

Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ (1889-1960), born 2 October 1889 at Woodview, Burnbank Road, Hamilton, was at Cheltenham, 1939, died 1960 at Glasgow

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

Rose at 5 + breakfasted at 6 intending to have a cycle run probably to Carnwath + Colinton but it was such a dense [illegible word] fog that I gave it up. The sun came out about noon + it was a fine warm afternoon but very hazy: cycled to Sund. Hall Lodge + via Boleside to Gattonside Bridge + Faldonside where I vaccinated Moncaster’s baby1 + saw the cook. Went to meeting of the General War Memorial Committee re the inscription2. It appeared there had been meetings of the Special Committee of which I had got no notice. The chief discussion was on the question of having the words “To the glory of God” + it was carried by 15 to 12 that they be retained3.

1 Doris Moncaster (1921-1990) had been born 24 June 1921, at Faldonside, Galashiels, the daughter of John Norman Moncaster, chauffeur (domestic), and Frances Martha Moncaster née Batty

2 The location, commissioning and design of Selkirk War Memorial, Ettrick Terrace had been in discussion for a while (the decision to commission Sir Robert Lorimer had been made at a meeting on 29 July 1919 – see Dr Muir’s diary) and the memorial was unveiled in 1922

3 Selkirk War Memorial does indeed start with “To The Glory Of God” and continues “& In Honoured Memory Of The Men Of The Burgh & Parish Of Selkirk Who Fell In The Great War” [Selkirk, Ettrick Terrace, War Memorial, Canmore ID 100370, grid reference NGR NT46917,28538 Permalink]

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