10 January 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was knocked up at 3 a.m. for Jamie Orr with retention + then at 6.15 by David (who was sent up for Mrs Robert Tait1, Howford Cottage. Motored up (taking her sister Ellen2 who is cook at Mauldsheugh) but after staying a while + getting some breakfast, came home. Called for D3. Got several messages. Motored to Philiphaugh Cottages, Corbie Cottage, Heatherlie, Mavisbank + Elmrow. They sent again from Howford at 2 + I went up taking nurse McDougall. Got it over at 3.304. Brought Ellen back + the two youngest kids Mima + Peggy5 to Mauldsheugh. Went over to Viewfield + saw the cases there. Crowd in at night. A day of incessant heavy rain + colder: snow on the hills. River on top flood. Helen6 at Viewfield for supper + bridge.

1 Robert Tait, ploughman and husband of Agnes Doherty or Docherty, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Howford, Kirkhope, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Helen ‘Ellen’ Doherty or Docherty [Dohorty on 1901 Census] (born Stow, 1893) and her sister Agnes, later Tait (born Lauder, 1887) were daughters of William Doherty, a cattleman from “Londonderry, Ireland” and Margaret or Margret Doherty née McGlein or McGlain, married 1879 at Ladhope [776/B 28, Ladhope]

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

4 Helen Tait, born 10 January 1921 at Howford, Kirkhope, daughter of Robert Tait, ploughman, and Agnes Tait née Doherty, they had married 2 June 1911 at Stow [birth 776/ 2 Kirkhope]

5 Jemima Isabel ‘Mima’ Tait (1917-1990), born Cortleferry, Stow and Margaret ‘Peggy’ Tait (1919-1999), born Philiphaugh Old Mill, Selkirk

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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