27 December 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A most provoking message to Crook Cottage1 + David2 posted the door late last night when at Broadgairhill! I didn’t get away till after 1 O’Clock as Baptie3 was doing something to the Straker4 tyre down at the Railway Hotel garage. Went to Mack [?], Ettrickhaugh Road + then up to Crook Cottage (Mrs J cystitis5). Called for Willie Watson6, Ettrickhall + Mrs W gave me 1/2 doz. eggs. Called also at Oakwood + got a cup of tea. H. + I dined quietly at Mauldsheugh. D. + I were just in our Tweeds. It was a Misty drizzly day with a S.W. wind.

1 Crook Cottage, Overkirkhope, Ettrick

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

3 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer, see Straker Squire Ltd., Grace’s Guide

4 William Johnstone and his sons James and George lived at Crook Cottage, Overkirkhope, Ettrick [1911 Census] and had been regular patients of the Muir and Graham medical practice but it is not clear who Mrs Johnstone was

5 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

6 John Watson, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Ettrickhall, Ettrick, 1920 Valuation Roll

[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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