12 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull day but fair till the evening when there was a slight drizzle. D. [Dr David Graham] rung up about 1 a.m. for the car to go to a confinement at Thirlestane Lodge – Gilman the chauffeur’s wife1. He got back about 8 or 9. I cycled to Tweed Mill + saw D. at Mauldsheugh + then to Buckwood (out) and Yarrowford (where I found John Reid dying, he passed away at 22) and Harehead. Called for Miss Watson but she wasn’t in. Heard a cuckoo. Was kept coming + going all afternoon + evening. Pollock, Jack +3 all called + saw Pringle Pattison’s letter re site for War Memorial4. Mrs Tod [Todd], Midgehope came with her baby for a day or two about its umbilical Hernia5. Got a letter from Mrs Gallop confirming all that Robinson said about Pike6.

1 Muriel Edith Gillman, born 12 May 1919 at East Lodge, Thirlestane, Ettrick, daughter of Joseph Samuel Francis Gillman, chauffeur, and Rita Alice Gillman née Broadbent; the parents had married, 1911, at Guernsey

2 John Reid, gardener and hotel-keeper, died 12 May 1919, at Yarrowford, aged 77, the son of John Reid, forester, and Elizabeth Reid née Dowie, he was married to Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Grieve

3 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk; John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and ?

4 Andrew Seth later known as Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison (1856-1931), Scottish philosopher; see entry for 11 May 1919

5 Isabella Henderson Todd and Euphemia Baptie Todd, twin daughters of James Henderson Todd, farm worker, and Euphemia Todd née Dickson, born 3 February 1919 at Midgehope Cottage, Ettrick

6 See entries for 5th and 6th May 1919

[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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