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

Much nicer day. Almost no rain [?] + sunny in forenoon. W. [wind]. Left at 9.15 + motored to Cramalt to see Jas. Hogg1. Called for Mrs Simpson2, Backrow + Rae [?]3, Heatherlie + looked in on Dav. who is keeping better. Took the Straker Squire4 + made a good run. Megget + Yarrow hills white on tops. Got back at 12 + at the Home gave a boy Wood chlor[oform] while D. excised a tuberculous cervical gland. Then I motored to Byethorn, Elm Cottage, Mavisbank, Spion Kop, Bridgelands, Lindean Mill, Eastfield + Lilliesleaf. At night D. operated for strangulated hernia on Emmett5 the odd man from Bowhill + I had to go to see J S Gray6, Mavisbank, late for a convulsion. So I had a pretty busy day: It rained at night.

1 John Hogg (fl.1920), occupier, house at East Cramalt, Yarrow, 1920 Valuation Roll (see also Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XIII.NW, 1897 / 1900)

2 James Simpson, spinner, was Tenant Occupier of a house at 66 Back Row, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll

3 There is a number of Rae entries at Heatherlie, 1921 Valuation Roll

4 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer, see https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Straker-Squire

5 This is almost certainly William George Emmett (1871-1946), oddman, not identified at Bowhill but he died in retirement, October 1946, at Dumfries Infirmary, usual residence Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire; he was born in Wiltshire

6 Assume John Muir Gray (1915-1984), son of Andrew Gray, weaver, and Margaret Tully Gray née Falside; he was born at Curror Street but the family was living at 7a Mavisbank, Selkirk in 1920

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

Published by


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

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 )

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