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

Dull morning S.E: a very slight shower between 8 + 9 + then fair till 3.30 after which there was heavy rain + a very black thundery sky. The sun never came out. Motored to Mauldsheugh + helped Dav. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] to aspirate ascitic fluid in Mrs Steel, one of the resident patients, for which he gave me a Guinea. Then I went to Dunsdale + Sunderland Hall stables. Called at Wellwood + saw Julia. At 1.15 cycled to Old Lewenshope + walked up to the Hope2 + vaccinated James Tait’s baby3. Nancy, Helen, Stewart + Florence cycled up + Dora, Julia + [illegible]4 came up in the motor to have a pic-nic but the rain coming on we had to adjourn to the cottage where Eliza Stewart gave us her kitchen. It was very wet as I cycled home.

1 A guinea was a British coin, long obsolete by 1919 but worth £1 1 shilling – or £1.05 in decimal currency, though its purchasing power at that time was a great deal more than it would be today; it is hard to interpret Dr Muir’s deadpan comment at what may have been a rather patronising gesture by the younger medic

2 Lewenshope or Lewinshope Hope is very isolated south of the Minchmoor, approximate grid reference NGR NT369,317 and visible on Ordnance Survey six inch Peebles-shire Sheet XVIII.SE, published 1900

3 Betsy Morrison Bullock Tait was born 31 December 1918 at Lewenshope Hope, daughter of James Tait, shepherd, and Marion Black Tait MS Bullock, the parents were married 2 March 1917 at Craigneuk, Dalziel; by way of corroboration James Tait, shepherd, was recorded at Lewenshope Hope on the 1918/19 Valuation Roll

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s daughters; assume Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), Nancy’s son; Florence Roberts, daughter of Charles Roberts, brother of Sir John Roberts; she was born in 1909 in Mauldsheugh and lived there until they moved to Thornfield in Selkirk; Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter; possibly Dr Julia Pringle [see diary entry for 23 March 1919] and unknown respectively

[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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rumblingclint

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

5 thoughts on “17 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

      1. I am sure that is Florence Roberts ,my mother, daughter of Charles Roberts. Charles was brother of Sir John Roberts.(uncle Jack to me.) Florence lived with her family at Thornfield Selkirk. She was born in 1909 in Mauldsheugh and lived there until they moved to Thornfield in Selkirk… She married Arthur Thomson Macfarlane from New Zealand in 1934.(like the Roberts brohers) I am their eldest child born in 1935 and brought up in Selkirk. My name is Sheila Muir Thorpe nee Macfarlane nd live in Scarborough North Yorkshire.

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  1. I am sure that is Florence Roberts ,my mother, daughter of Charles Roberts. Charles was brother of Sir John Roberts.(uncle Jack to me.) Florence lived with her family at Thornfield Selkirk. She was born in 1909 in Mauldsheugh and lived there until they moved to Thornfield in Selkirk… She married Arthur Thomson Macfarlane from New Zealand in 1934.(like the Roberts brohers) I am their eldest child born in 1935 and brought up in Selkirk. My name is Sheila Muir Thorpe nee Macfarlane nd live in Scarborough North Yorkshire.

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    1. Thank you so much, that fits beautifully with what I know already. I’m not sure Florence has been mentioned in the five years we’ve been blogging so far: Dr Muir seems perhaps to have been less interested in his great nephews and nieces than his grandchildren. But thank you very much indeed for the information. Kind regards, Paul

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