17 February 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A little East wind today after weeks of calm weather. Disagreeable [?] raw cold day with a little sleet in the morning. A lot of the snow on the low ground gone. Baptie back to work today1. After seeing town cases he drove me to Yair + Greenhead + then + after tea I went to Comely Bank, Mill Street, Briarbank + Dovecot. Dav [Dr David Graham] was at Whitehillbrae, Whitehillshiel, Kirkhope, Hawkshaw2 + got a message, luckily near Ettrick Shaws, to go to Boyd, Shaws Farm3. Helen + Nancy4 were at the Picture House collecting for Blind soldiers. Murdoch, Victoria Hall, died5.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver for Dr Muir; his son died in distressing circumstances in 1918 and Thomas himself was ill thereafter

2 Whitehillbrae, NT403244; Whitehillshiel, NT363189; Kirkhope, NT380237 and [?] Hawkshaw, NT075225

3 Shaws, visible on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XV.SW, published 1900, and now identified as Ettrickshaws Farm, is at grid reference NGR NT380207 but not to confused with Ettrickshaws Lodge

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), one of the Wellwooders, and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second and third daughters

5 George Murdoch (about 1842-1919), hall keeper, previously police constable, of Victoria Hall, Scott’s Place, Selkirk; Dr Muir’s diary has tracked his decline since 1918

[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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