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

Wind round to S.W. strong + a slight drizzle all day. Roads softer. David1 went to Ed. today to see Gulland2 with Miss Taylor + Miss Scott Noble3. After doing 8 town cases walking I motored to Ettrickbridgend taking Helen4 who went on to Gilmanscleuch while I saw old Miss Smith (who died in the course of the day5) [and] Mrs R Mitchell6, Fairholme. I also got a message there to see Miss Paterson, Ettrick Road. Met Baptie7 at Rinkhope + went over the Swire8 to Sundhope9, getting there about 3. Went to meeting of War Memorial Comttee at 8 O’Clock.

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

2 George Lovell Gulland (1862-1941), C.M.G., M.D., F.R.C.P., Professor of Medicine, Edinburgh University

3 Miss Taylor is not identified but, if her companion’s title reads Mrs – it is always difficult to be sure with Dr Muir, then Scott Noble may conceivably refer to Edith Alice Scott Noble née Hutton (1893-1974), especially if the pair were attending as patients rather than nurses

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

5 Betsy Ann Smith née McKenzie, daughter of George McKenzie , grocer, and Maria McKenzie née Sobourn, and widow of John Smith, died 15 February 1921, aged 83, at Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope, of “senile debility” death certified by “John S Muir M.B. etc” [1921 776/ 1]

6 Jane Kennedy Mitchell, wife of William R Mitchell, timber manager, was proprietor of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope identified as property No. 121 on the 1920 Valuation Roll and only named “Fairholme” on the Valuations for 1923 onwards

7 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

8 The ‘Swire Road’ runs between Gordon Arms, Yarrow and just west of Ettrickbridge via Witchie Knowe

9 Sundhope, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT336,251, opposite Yarrow Feus

[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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