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

Wind back to N.W. + dry. Tom Dunn1 was buried today. There was a large attendance. He was buried in the Old Church and buried inside the building. I had one of the cords as also John Dunn2: Sandie3 + Alec Roberts4: Cox5, Sturrock6 + I think Tom Dickson7 + Hilson8. In the morning I motored to Ettrick Mill, Fairnilee, Peelburnfoot, Sund[erland] Hall Stables + Hospital. In afternoon looked up my diaries for details of the V.A.D. for tomorrow before [?] David9 went to Oakwood+ Ettrickbridgend + brought Helen10 back from Gilmanscleuch.

1 Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921), chemist and druggist, of Selkirk; son of John Dunn, chemist & druggist, and Hyndmer Rutherford Dunn nee Hewat

2 Assume John Dunn (about 1888-1965), Tom Dunn’s nephew by his brother Richard Hewat Dunn (about 1846-1899); both of Tom Dunn’s brothers Richard H and John pre-deceased him

3 Assume Alexander Fowler ‘Sandie’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer

4 Assume Alexander Thomas ‘Alec’ Roberts (1885-1972), son of Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts and Hyndmer Rutherford Roberts née Crawford, and husband of Evelyn Laura Henderson

5 Assume Benjamin Connell Cox (about 1854-1924), ‘manufacturer of Scotch Tweeds’, who was at one time of Shawpark, 1889, The Firs, 1890-, and a house at Ettrickhaugh Road [possibly Mauldsheugh], 1899-1902, all Selkirk and appears to be one of the individuals named on Richard H Dunn’s probate in 1899; his daughter Muriel May Cox, later Monteith (1890-1971), was seen by Dr Muir as a baby (diary Saturday 10 January 1891) and he later referred to her husband, William Neve Monteith, who was killed in action 30 September 1915

6 The obvious individual is James Prain Sturrock (1870-1935), M.A., M.D., referred to in Dr John Stewart Muir’s diary entry for 31 December 1915, who was sometime assistant medical superintendent of Midlothian and Peebles Asylum and from 1914 Deputy Commissioner of the General Board of Control for Scotland (it may, of course be another individual: further transcription may throw up the answer in due course)

7 Tom Dickson is unidentified

8 There is a chance that this refers to Sydney Hilson (1870-1934), Procurator Fiscal for Jedburgh

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

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

[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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