7 February 1913 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another posting in the occasional series of 1913 diary entries

Mrs Jas. Hogg1, Fairnilee died at 12.20 a.m. She has been an invalid for more than 20 years. Breakfasted for 1st time without gas light2.

Rather a nice morning + mild, but after midday another violent Sou’ wester developed. Motored to Sunderland Hall, Heatherly, Thirladean, Warrior’s Rest + over Swire3 (quite clear of drifts) to Kirkhope, Ettrickbridgend + Bluecairn4. Saw some town cases + distributed Com. [communion] cards in afternoon. Jean5 + I went to evening service conducted by Mr Buller6. My 68th birthday. Letters from May7 + Guy8. Nancy9 gave me her photo!

1 Janet Hogg née Anderson (about 1849-1913), wife of James Hogg, chauffeur, of Fairnilee, Caddonfoot, died 7 February 1913 of exophthalmic goitre [Graves disease or toxic diffuse goitre] “many years”, aged 64

2 Dr Muir had recorded seeing “them laying the electric cable at Netherbarns on the low road, almost 40 navvies at work.”, see diary entry for 10 November 1920

3 The Swire runs from Yarrow to Kirkhope reaching 349 metres at approximate grid reference NGR NT368,256, just south of Witchie Knowe

4 Presumably to visit Robert Johnstone, carpenter, occupier of a house at Bluecairn, Selkirk, 1913 Valuation Roll [Valuation Rolls, VR011700008-/532, Selkirk County, page 532 of 617], see also diary entries for 4th, 5th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 21st February 1913

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

6 Not identified

7 Perhaps Margaret Graham ‘May’ Lang (1861-1968), daughter of Hugh Morris Lang and Margaret Lang née Graham

8 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

9 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/16, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1913]

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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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