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

Fresh, dull + calm E not as foggy: ice entirely gone from streets + roads + mud reigns instead! Walked to Byethorn, Ettrick Terrace, Buccleuch Road, Bridge Street + on to the Nest + Fairnilee Cottages. Returning through Sunderland Hall to Dunsdale Cottages + Mavisbank. Didn’t get my tea till 4.20. + afterwards saw some cases in Backrow + May Douglas, Croft Terrace1. Dundas called about his wife who expects in Sept2. After dinner had to go across to Mrs Blake whose father was buried today3 + later still to Mrs Orr, Dovecot4.

1 May or Mary Douglas was living at 8 Croft Terrace in 1911 Census and died 1932, her usual address given as 8 Croft Terrace

2 Robert Duncan Dundas was born 3 September 1919, son of Jessie Dundas née Mackintosh and William Claxton Dundas, solicitor, at Edenhill, Selkirk

3 Mrs Blake, whose father was buried 21 February 1919, was Mercretta Blake née Murdoch, youngest daughter of George Murdoch, hall keeper at Victoria Halls, who died 17 February 1919, age 77; she had married Andrew Blake, 25 April 1912 in Newington

4 Mrs Orr, Dovecot, may have been either Betsy Orr, aged 65 or Elizabeth Orr, aged 61 and living at 9 and 11 Dovecot respectively [1911 Census], but the fact that Elizabeth Orr (widow of William Orr) died 1922, aged 75, may suggest hers is the more probable identity

[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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