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

A very mild day with some blinks of sunshine but raining at night. S.W wind: glass falling. Message to Jessie Boyd1. Cycled to Elmrow, Goslaw Green +c, Spion Kop2 + on to Faldonside + Tweed Toll. Jessie B goes south on Sunday. Called at hospital coming back + saw 3 cases in town. David3 brought in the boy Carrick4 from Midlemburn with appendicitis + operated on him at 7. The snow drops + winter aconite at Faldonside were lovely. Roads fairly good but very muddy between Lindean + Faldonside.

1 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

2 Assume Spion Kop, Ashybank, Selkirk but, though it is recorded as such on the 1925 Valuation Roll (but not indexed accordingly on ScotlandsPeople) the property itself does not appear to be documented on the 1920 or 1922 Valuation Rolls; nevertheless if Dr Muir went from Goslaw Green to Faldonside he would have passed in the vicinity of Ashybank which sits above the site of the Toll

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

4 Unidentified but Thomas Carrick, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier at Newhall Mains, Bowden, [1921 Valuation Roll VR011600033-541, Roxburgh County, page 541 of 993], 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)

[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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