20 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Expected a quiet day to finish accounts but alas there came a message to Bewlie1 (Miss Ordish2 ), Sunderland Hall & Thirladean. I had a cold coming on too but had to go off. It was a beastly raw day with a lot of sleety snow towards evening. David [Graham] had to go to Synton Mill but put it off. He was knocking about the town3. Agnes Rodger called at night to say good bye as she goes back to India about the 27th.

1 Bewlie, Lilliesleaf was about as far east as Dr Muir’s practice operated

2 If this is a correct reading then this is almost certainly Hannah Ordish (about 1845-1920), housekeeper at Bowhill [1911 Census], though it is not clear why she would be at Bewlie. Daughter of George Ordish and Elizabeth Ordish née Pegg, married June Quarter 1845 [Derby Registration District, 19 483], she was born March Quarter 1845 [Shardlow Registration District 19 569 – assume Littleover, where her family lived in 1851 Census], and she died 13 March 1920, Bowhill House, Selkirk, of a malignancy, her death certified by Dr John Stewart Muir

3 This is the first time that Dr Muir’s observations of Dr David Graham’s conscientiousness (lack of) appear to have turned into real criticism and is contrasted in the entry with Dr Muir’s own determination to ‘press on’. The criticism is still very minor compared with his views of Robert Elliot Little (or The Lout as Dr Muir called him) in the 1890s or of Lord Napier’s ‘lacking moral fibre’ in the early years of the First World War

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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