6 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I didn’t get back to bed till 2 this morning. Mrs Brown1 was very collapsed + died in the afternoon. Dav. [Graham, co-partner] made a P.M. [Post Mortem]. I cycled to Corbie Cottage + Faldonside. Miss Dees2 i.s.q.3 + then I motored to Riddell W. Lodge to a Mrs Morton4. Helen + Barb.5 Cycled to Grundiston Height to see the hounds which met at Drinkston6. Nancy + Tim7 were riding. Helen brought home the framework of the brush!

1 Mary Ritchie Brown née Johnstone or Johnston (1876-1920), died 6 November 1920, of a gastric ulcer, aged 44, at Viewfield nursing Home, usual residence Gowanlea, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk; she was the daughter of Ebenezer Johnstone or Johnston, woollen pattern weaver, and Hannah Johnston or Johnston née Redpath, married 1873, Ladhope, and the wife of Tom Brown, watchmaker

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

3 In status quo

4 Andrew Morton was the Inhabitant Occupier at West Lodge, North Riddell, 1820 Valuation Roll

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), one of his grandchildren

6 Groundistone Height, grid reference NGR NT498,201 crosses the A7 while Drinkstone Farm is to its south east at NT483,175

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and one of her sons George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

[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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