12 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Baptie1 has finished the fruit enclosure + has done the whole thing himself.

Not such a rough day as yesterday. Cycled to Goslaw Green, West Port + then motored to Curror Street, Ashybank, Bleachfield Road, Fairnilee Lodge, Bogle House, Yair + Yair Farm, at latter encountered Hiddleston who, it turns out, had been attending Ormiston but who declares he won’t have H. It was very awkward. Dubs4 not as well. Was in house all afternoon. D [Dr David Graham, co-partner] came up to have a talk about blankets for Viewfield. He is going twice a day to Mrs Barton, Oakwoodmill, who has had pneumonia.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

2 Assume Samuel Ormiston junior, farmer at Yair Farm, Caddonfoot, 1920 Valuation Roll; see also diary entry for 11 February 1920

3 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), medical practitioner

4 Dubs, see diary entry for 11 February 1920

5 The co-partnery had acquied Viewfield earlier in 1920 to operate as a cottage hospital

6 Mrs Barton was Rebecca Monti Garden Grant, wife of Andrew Barton, Inhabitant / Occupier at Oakwoodmill Farm House, 1920 Valuation Roll; he died aet 78 in 1927 while she survived pneumonia and died aet 65 in 1932, at Upper Tofts, Cavers; they had married at Stirling in 1892

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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