5 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A splendid sunny day like Monday. Some hoar frost which never melted in the shade. Roads getting quite good. Wind shifted from NW to NE but very calm. Cycled eastwards making 12 visits + then on to Bridgelands (Cockburn)1, Fairnilea Cottages, Yair Bridge, Yair, Tower Street + Kilncroft (Mrs Gutridge whom Dav. attended at confinement this morning2). After tea finished posting February [accounts]. D [Dr David Graham] was at Whitehillbrae and Rinkhope + then at Melrose Hydro. Helen [Muir] + [Mary ?] had a walk to the Racecourse. Letter from Patrick3 of date January 19th.

1 This probably refers to Elizabeth Roberts Cockburn, daughter of Adam Telfer Cockburn, ploughman, and Jane Cockburn née White, died 9 March 1919, aged 5 months, at Bridgelands, Selkirk, of acute meningitis, certified by Dr John Stewart Muir M.B.

2 James Edward Gutridge, son of Edward, woollen millworker, and Elizabeth Dalgleish Gutridge née Hogg, married 28 April 1918; born 5 March 1919 at Kilncroft, Selkirk; curiously Gutridge was registered at birth as Edwin; at his marriage he was described as an ironmoulder and 3473 Serjeant 18th Queen Mary’s Own Huzzars and resident of Bowhill Auxiliary Hospital, he was originally from Hartlepool

3 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

[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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