3 February 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fog away + the sun shone out the whole day. There was a sharp frost + the roads, until the sun caught them, were hard. I was able to cycle + called at Wellwood, Beechwood, Lewinshope + Thirladean. Met May + Willie Lang1. Had a cigarette at the Faside [sic] path + came home by Dunsdale &c + Hospital. Sad news of Tom Roberts’ death2. He turned ill on Sunday + was operated on for appendicitis on Monday night + died early this morning. Finished my letter to Willie Rodger3 + sent him the photo of myself, Kelty4 + [illegible] + a P.C. [post card] of Viewfield.

1 Margaret Graham ‘May’ Lang (1861-1968) and William Graham ‘Willie’ Lang (1856-1943), two of the children of Hugh Morris Lang of Broadmeadows and Margaret Lang née Graham

2 Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts (about 1850-1921), son of George Roberts, tweed manufacturer, and Agnes Scott Roberts née Fowler; the Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories) notes that Roberts left estate valued at £253,246

3 See diary entry for 1 February 1921; assume William Brydone ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959), son of George Rodger (about 1843-1885), solicitor, and Isabella Margaret or Maggie Rodger née Brydone (and thus nephew of Andrina B H Muir née Rodger, Dr Muir’s wife); he was born 27 December 1880, Selkirk, later a stockbroker and at Sevenoaks, Kent, 1911 Census

4 Kelty appears to have been the Muir family dog, mentioned several times before but particularly on 18 August 1917 when Dr Muir noted “I had Kelty & he killed a wee rabbit which I cut up & gave him the tit-bits.”

[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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