8 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull morning: slates + pavements wet but it turned out a very fine day. Message to Mrs Henry1, Middlestead which Dav. [Graham] did on his way to Thirlestane. I saw 3 town cases + then motored with Tom Alexander2 to Faldonside, Bogle House, Caddonfoot (Mrs Stenhouse3) + on to Manor Water Sanatorium4 where I saw Rob. Scott5 + Peggy Lockie6. The Matron showed me round the place. We lunched by the side of the Manor Water + came home via Cademuir + the right side of [the River] Tweed. Had a confinement at night: Mrs James Turnbull, Ettrick Terrace7.

1 Peter Henry, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Middlestead, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll; his (second) wife was Agnes D Craik (1892-1972), a domestic servant at Costerton, Crichton, Midlothian when they married on 30 April 1919 at the Lawson Memorial Free Church Manse

2 Tom Alexander has appeared in the diaries before but is otherwise unidentified

3 Thomas Stenhouse (c.1865-1929) and his first wife Christina Boa Stenhouse née Brown (1871-1926) lived at Allanlea, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 Manor Valley Sanatorium, Caverhill, Manor, Peeblesshire

5 Not identified

6 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-1921), daughter of Walter Lockie and Margaret Lockie née Scott, a power loom weaver, of Forest Road, Selkirk, she died of pulmonary tuberculosis, aged 17, death certified by J S Muir M.B.

7 Philip Reilly Turnbull (1920-1981), son of James Turnbull and Maggie Reilly, born 8 September 1920 at Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk; his parents had married 1906 at Hawick

[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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