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

Cold dry day. N.W. wind: some sunshine: clear: Dora left this morning for her new post, Miss Webb1, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh + Tom Alexander2 went to Kirklea3 in the afternoon. Baptie4 took him in the motor. I cycled to Faldonside after seeing 4 town cases. Found Miss Dees5 much the same but temp. a little up + went down at night again. T. 101.8 but no bad symptoms. Her engagement to Hugh Lemon6 was announced in today’s Scotsman’s [sic]? Dav. [Graham, Co-partner] attended Mrs Hope7, Kilsyke this morning + went to Peel8 for tennis.

1 Stephen Webb, [commercial] traveller, was at 11 Priestfield Road, Newington, Edinburgh, 1920 Valuation Roll but in fact he was only the nominal head of a household comprising six [at 1911 Census] unmarried brothers and sisters of “Independent Means” at 11 Priestfield Road – Ann Webb, Edward S Webb, Stephen Webb, Eliza Webb, Margaret McCrin Webb and Isabella Reid Webb [Source: 1911 Census]; Dora Muir had been up in Edinburgh on 31 August 1920 ‘interviewing’ the Webbs for a job – perhaps a little like Mary Poppins

2 Not identified

3 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets and his wife Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965)

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

5 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

6 The engagement of Hugh Raymond Lemon (1899-1956), R.E., and Phyllis Dees was announced in The Scotsman, 10 September 1920; he eventually married, Sep Quarter 1925, Anne Sybil Hudson at St. George Hanover Square Registration District 1a 1094

7 The Editor assumes that this refers to the property, not named on Ordnance Survey, at Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, where Robert Hope was the inhabitant occupier [1920 Valuation Roll]

8 Peel House, Caddonfoot, grid reference NGR NT431,350, designed by John Kinross and completed 1904, was in 1939 requisitioned from Lord Craigmyle and established as one of seven Emergency Hospital Service facilities for military casualties – there was a hospital there until 1988; a valued reader pointed out to the Editor that the house, which later became the doctors’ residence and staff dining room for staff at Peel Hospital “had a tennis court and billiard room” and that colleagues at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh were “… jealous of both the facilities and setting.”

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

Published by

rumblingclint

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

2 thoughts on “10 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I presume that Peel refers to Peel House, which later became the doctors’ residence and staff dining room for staff at Peel Hospital. It had a tennis court and billiard room though I have to confess that I had little time for either when I stayed there. My colleagues at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh were, however, jealous of both the facilities and setting.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s