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

A windier day S.W. + a good deal of drizzle. Quite mild. Was late this morning but hadn’t much to do. In the afternoon D.1 + I gave gas to Tommy Scott, Mavisbank2, to open a Tonsillar abscess. D. had to go to Craighope3 + I did a message to Carrick, Midlemburn4, a place I haven’t been near since the Scots Grey point to point 12 or so years since. The sad news of Kate Paton’s husband5 the day before yesterday. Wrote her.

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

2 Not identified

3 Craighope, Yarrow, perhaps to attend the Crozier family there [1921 Valuation Roll]

4 Thomas Carrick, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier at Newhall Mains, Bowden, [1921 Valuation Roll VR011600033-541], grid reference NGR NT524,268 see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIII.NE, published 1899 (it is shown as Midlemburn on Landranger 1:50,000 sheet)

5 James Cumming Raff Macdonald (1859-1921) W.S., died 26 January 1921 at Dumfries; he was the son of James MacDonald, Rector of Ayr Academy and married to Katherine Isabella ‘Kate’ Macdonald [or McDonald] née Paton

[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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