2 March 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Ground white with snow which had practically all disappeared by the afternoon. There was a shower on the hills about 1. It was pretty cold but there was a good deal of sun. I motored to Glebe Terrace +c Oakwood Mill, Oakwood + Lewenshope. Took a pair of knickers1 + a coat to Walt. Dobson2 for repairs. Dav.3 had no country work. I made out some postponed accounts. Helen4 had tea at Wellwood5 + met Mrs Dees6. + she called for Mrs Scott at Viewfield. People called [? McLaren7] called to ask me to see his sister at Yarrowfeus whom Hiddleston8 is attending as a lunacy case.

1 Cycling knickers (from Knickerbockers) were narrowly cut breeks cut only just to the knee; they were suited to cycling but did not have the width of cloth or the ‘give’ for activities requiring greater flexibility where plus twos or even plus fours would be called for

2 Walter Dalgleish Dobson (1861-1936), master tailor, at Tower Street, Selkirk, 1911 Census; born Selkirk, married to Jessie Grierson

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

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

5 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk was the home of Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter, and her family

6 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey, born 7 April 1872, the Vicarage, Ancroft, Northumberland, died 8 March 1948, The Manager’s Residence, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa; she married, 1898, Robert Irwin DeesPhyllis Dees’ mother had several sisters, two of whom – Robina Margaret (d.1941) and Isobel Anne (d.1946) – never married

7 Not identified but the sister appears (see diary entry for 3 March 1921) to have been staying with Mary Turnbull née Ritchie, widow of Walter Turnbull, roadman and the liferentrix and proprietrix of a house at Townfoot, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

8 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), L.R.C.P.S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner; he had purchased Dr John Wilson’s Selkirk medical practice around 1916

[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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