27 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No rain today + much less wind: quite pleasant. 3 more cases of Scarlet admitted to Hospital making 9 Scarlet + 9 Diph[theria], 2 of the latter had some epistaxis in the evening. I saw about a doz. cases cycling. I was twice at Hospital. Baptie1 took Tina2, Christy3 + Dora4 in the car to the wood near the 7th Yarrow milestone5 where they took tea then went on + saw Yarrow Church. Nancy6 called looking very well + bronzed. Jock, Stewart, Louise + Tim7 all came with her + 2 friends of Jock + Stewart. Charlie Boucher8 wrote asking me to come with Helen9.

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

2 Christina M ‘Tina’ Patrick (1882-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and David Patrick, solicitor

3 Christina Robertson ‘Christy’ Patrick (1889-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and David Patrick, solicitor

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

5 The wood appears to be the one below Tinnis Top and above the Yarrow Water, east of Yarrowlea at approximate grid reference NGR NT381,290

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

7 Dr Muir’s grandchildren John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

8 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 in 1911 to Martha Louise Denison, and eventual 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

9 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter was planning a trip to Ireland

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

26 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Blowy showery day with some sunny intervals. 4 more cases of Diph[theria] admitted to Hospital1 today making 9 in all which with 6 Scarlet make the largest number resident at one time for a good many years. I was only in town. Wrote Helen2 + sent her £7 10 0 for her Irish trip. She has gone to Frank Muir’s3. Was twice at Hospital. Went to pictures with Dora4 + Christy5 to see “Romance of Tarzan”6.

1 This refers to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (19th-20th Century) just east of Ashburn and Buxton Cottage at the north end of the Selkirk Hills, grid reference NGR NT48515,28659, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.NW, revised 1930 [Source: Canmore ID 353686 Canmore Permalink]

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

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

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

5 Christina Robertson ‘Christy’ Patrick (1889-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

6 ’Romance of Tarzan’, 1918 but now lost, was the second film in what we would now call the Tarzan franchise, based on the later parts of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan of the Apes’, 1912

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

25 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Some fine showers today + continuous rain up the valleys. West wind. The pastures already seem greener. Diphtheria increasing. 4 new cases today. Motored to Hospital + Faldonside + in afternoon walked to Deepslade1, Whitmuir + Whitmuirhall. Vaccinated Neil’s child2 at Whitmuir + delivered Com. [Communion] cards to Harvey3, Whitmuir + Hall4, Whitmuirhall. Came back over Gala Rigg5. Got a nurse from Ed. for Hospital6.

1 Deepslaid or Deepslaids, south side of Selkirk Common, grid reference NGR NT486,268

2 Agnes Grey Neil, later Caie (1921-1987), daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott who had married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam; born 14 April 1921, the daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott, married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam [1921, 778/ 32, Selkirk and 1919, 802/A 1, Oxnam]; the family was at Whitmuir, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]; she married, 1943, Aberdeen South, George Andrew Caie, and died 1987, Dunkeld, Perthshire

3 John Lawson Harvey, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Whitmuir [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

4 William Hall, dairyman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated, also at Whitmuir rather than Whitmuirhall as noted by Dr Muir [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

5 Gala Rigg, east of Selkirk, grid reference NT495,273

6 This refers to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (19th-20th Century) just east of Ashburn and Buxton Cottage at the north end of the Selkirk Hills, grid reference NGR NT48515,28659, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.NW, revised 1930 [Source: Canmore ID 353686 Canmore Permalink]

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

24 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A good day on the whole with a strong W wind + one or two slight showers in the evening. Saw a few town cases + cycled to Essenside1 to see Mrs Walt. Currie2: then to Hospital where I sent a boy Smith3 with either Diphth. or Scarlet + Lunn4 (Menzies5 locum) sent a case of Scarlet. Did some writing in afternoon + was going to evening service when I got a message to Smith6, Backrow.

1 Wester Essenside, Ashkirk, grid reference NGR NT441,202, see footnote 2

2 Walter ‘Walt’ Currie (fl.1921), ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1920 and 1921 Valuation Rolls 1921 VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611] and his wife may be Isabella Currie née Hogg of Grahamslaw, Eckford, who married a Walter Currie, farm servant, at Melrose, 1908

3 This identity may be revealed in due course, see also footnote 5

4 Richard Fraser Lunn (1881-1956), L.R.C.P. & S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner, he later practised in Newcastle upon Tyne

5 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M., M.D., medical practitioner, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk

6 There are several Smith households in Backrow, Selkirk in the 1921 Valuation Roll but the identity may become clearer in due course

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

23 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was called up at 2 a.m. for Mrs Moncaster1, Faldonside who had pretty bad haemorrhage. Shortly after I left a message came for Mrs Anderson2, Craighill + David3 went + when I was at Faldonside in the middle of the day there was a message to Mrs Walt. Currie4, West Essenside. Dora5 got D. at Lilliesleaf. I cycled to Faldonside. There were some nice [?] showers in the afternoon. John Elliot6, Blackhaugh, was found guilty + was fined £600 + got 12 months, too light a sentence for killing two men7.

1 Frances Martha Moncaster née Batty, wife of John Norman Moncaster, chauffeur (domestic), who had a daughter on 24 June 1921 at Faldonside

2 Margaret Anderson née McCliskie (1867-1234), wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd; they had married 1904 at Dunbar and were at Riskenhope, Ettrick in 1911 Census while John L Anderson, shepherd, was recorded at Craighill, Ettrick in the 1920 Valuation Roll presumably with his wife

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

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

5 Walter ‘Walt’ Currie (fl.1921), ploughman, inhabitant occupier not rated at a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1920 and 1921 Valuation Rolls 1921 VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611]

6 John Elliot, farmer, Tenant Occupier of farms at Blackhaugh and Knowes, Caddonfoot [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- VR011700009-/306, Selkirk County, page 306 of 611]

7 This case of two fatalities at Galashiels in 1921 attracted attention because of inconsistencies in the narrative, recorded in a ‘Report of Proceedings at Inquiry re the Conduct of the Galashiels Police in connection with the Trial of John Elliot’, 5 January 1922 [Scottish Borders Archives SBA/243] the catalogue entry for which is reproduced in full here
“Evidence taken by John Chisholm, Provost Dalgleish, and Bailies Ruthven, Dorward, Ferguson and Miller about Galashiels Police behaviour in relation to the deaths in a Road Traffic Accident of Thomas Henderson Peden and his brother-in-law Herbert Dickson. On 30 April Peden was travelling home from a wedding in Edinburgh and, as he left the railway station with Dickson, he was hit by a car driven by John Elliot, farmer, of Blackhaugh, Clovenfords. Elliot had allegedly been drinking in the Commercial Hotel, more controversially it later became clear there was a ‘missing’ 20 minutes or so in the evidence during which it is alleged he may have been drinking with key police officers. Peden died on 1st May 1921 at the Cottage Hospital and Dickson on the 6th May. Elliot was alleged by the police officers first on the scene to have been fighting drunk. Officers later on the scene gave evidence that he was not. Inspector James Scott made remarks implying that he expected junior police officers’ evidence to match his own. There were suggestions that some evidence was ignored, suppressed or ‘lost’.” [Photocopies of the death registration of Peden and Dickson and a report from the Southern Reporter are attached to the file, along with its original sealed oilcloth wrapper]

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

22 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I didn’t have a single town case today. Was at Viewfield for over 2 hours for two cases of appendicitis being Miss Anna Scott + a girl Scott from Forest Road. Then I motored to Faldonside to see the governess: up to Sundhope + out to Haining Henhouse for Phemy. Christina Patrick came. I sent the car to Gala but needn’t have done so as a connection is now running. There was heavy drizzle in the afternoon.

2 The two Scott girls are unidentified

1 Mrs Hall may have been the governess for the Dees family, Faldonside – see diary entry for 18 July 1921

3 Sundhope, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT335,251

4 Phemy is not identified: John Laidlaw, sawmiller, was “Inhabitant Occupier not rated” at a house at Henhouse, Selkirk, part of the Haining property [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/326, Selkirk County, page 326 of 611] and John Laidlaw aet 46 and his wife Agnes Taylor were there at the 1911 Census with three boys and in 1915 a girl Elizabeth Frater was born

5 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

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

21 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Quite a medium temp. with a WSW wind + once in the afternoon a sensation of rain. Found to my dismay that accounts1 cannot go by post for d1/2 but are charged 1d. Got all the County ones posted + Baptie delivered 2 lots of town ones. I cycled round town, Hospital, Tweed + Linglie Mills. At 3.30 got … message by Phone to Bella Hume, Lilliesleaf. Found her with strangulated … hernia. ‘Phoned for Baptie to bring Chlor[oform] but succeeded with cold + pressure to reduce it before he arrived. Rode the old Manse brae near Midlem for the first time as I remember.

1 The Muir & Graham co-partnership split its accounts between those posted and those delivered and the former have evidently doubled in price but oddly Dr Muir has expressed the pre-increase figure with the superscript ‘d’ for penny preceding the fraction instead of following it as was usual; the Editor grew up with ‘old money’ but has never previously seen that format used

1 Tweed Mills, Dunsdale Road, Canmore ID 145583, operated as Gardiner’s Tweed Mill from 1895 see Selkirk, Dunsdale Road, Gardiner’s Tweed Mill and Linglie Mill, Level Crossing Road, Canmore ID 54251, is probably best known as Edward Gardiner’s woollen mill from 1913 see Selkirk, Level Crossing Road, Linglie Mill

1 Bella Hume, Lilliesleaf cannot be reliably identified without an enormous piece of research – there were two Isabella Hume individuals at Lilliesleaf in the 1911 Census, aged 20 and 23 respectively, both living in the High Street and both with sisters called Agnes – and of course one cannot rule out the possibilities either that one of the Hume men in Lilliesleaf had married someone called Isabella or that quite another Isabella Hume had moved there in the decade since 1911

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

1 This refers to the long climb north west out of Midlem, past the Old Manse at grid reference NGR NT525,274 and up Braid Hill heading for Clarilawmuir; the Editor is surprised by Dr Muir’s assertion

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

20 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Feeling a little bit stiff + was glad to have an easy day. Spent most of it putting up the accounts for delivery + postage + finished them. Attended meeting of Committee of St Andrew Amb. Assoc (local branch)1. Dav.2 sent Jean3 a few new potatoes + some green peas. Paid first instalment of shares of E. Jones Ltd. = £100.

1 The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association, which had been “resuscitated”, as Dr Muir put it, by Chalmers and others in 1920 in response to the presentation of a Motor Ambulance by T Craig Brown [see diary entry for Tuesday 27 January 1920]

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

3 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]

19 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose at 3 + was ready to start for Ed. at 4.20 but it was raining: so I held off. It was fair at 5 + I swithered1 whether to take the car or cycle but decided for the latter. Left at 5.10. The roads were free from dust but not muddy. My hat blew off at Ovenscloss + I coughed out my upper plate above Caddonfoot. Got to Peebles well within two hours. It began to drizzle beyond Eddleston + I had to put on my cape. It was wet nearly all the way after, especially before + after Pennicuik [sic]. Got to Guy’s2 at 9 + had to change to my shirt. Dora3 dried my clothes during breakfast. Guy has a very snug house in a quiet retired road, the old main road4. He & I took car + I looked up Jean5 then Pike6 + Jean again. Pike looking pretty well but I advised Pilton7. Walked back to Guy’s: had some lunch + left at 2.10. coming home via West Linton + Romano. It was quite fair + I had a nice run. Stopped at Innerleithen for a pint of beer + got home at 8.30 decidedly tired. The only new bit of road for me was the 21/2 miles from W Linton to the Edinburgh Moffat road.

1 Swither, v.1, n.1 Also swuther (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); and, now chiefly ne.Sc., swidder, swudder; swydder (Peb. 1832 R. D. C. Brown Pastorals 70). [′swɪðər, ne.Sc. + ′swɪdər] I. v. 1. intr. To be in a state of uncertainty of purpose, to be perplexed about what to do or choose, be in two minds, to doubt, hesitate, dither (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 80; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. Vbl.n. swithering. [Dictionars o the Scots Leid]

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

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

4 Guy Muir had a house at Braid Road, which had been superseded by Comiston Road as the main road north / south through Morningside

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 but is very ill by this time

7 Dr Muir is referring to the Northern General Hospital, Ferry Road, Leith (actually not far from Craigleith, later the Western General, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Edinburghshire sheet III.NW, published 1920); built as the Leith Public Health Hospital for infectious diseases, it opened in 1896, and was also known as East Pilton Hospital [Source: Northern General Hospital, Ferry Road, Leith]

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

18 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

High Street being tar Macadamed

This has been about as hot as Saturday week + every trace of the rain has disappeared: at night it was very sultry + not a breath of wind. Saw 1/2 doz. town cases + cycled to Faldonside where I gave Mrs Hall1 a hypo of an auto… serum2 for some chronic chest condition + also saw + presented for Ralph3. Addressed some of the County accounts. The Patons4 were here for lunch + tea + Dora5, Chrissy6 + Sally Campbell7 went to the Picture Ho. at night.

1 Mrs Hall may have been the governess for the Dees family, Faldonside – see diary entry for 22 July 1921

2 The exact name of this serotherapy has not been identified

3 Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988), son of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson; the family had been occupiers at Faldonside since early 1920 but Phyllis Mary Dees his sister had died 2 December 1920 after a prolonged illness, the consequence of a car accident

4 The Patons were Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census], formerly of Selkirk they had flitted to Galashiels in May 1918

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

6 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

7 Miss Sarah Campbell is unidentified

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