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

Wet in the morning but dry during the day. Strongish S.W. wind. Had a biggish town list. Saw 17 of them + got a message when at the hospital to Miller1, Fairnilea + cycled there getting back at 2.35. It was a case of German Measles. There was also a message to see a servant at Tibble Shiels2. Dav.3 was at Oakwood + Fairholme4 + the message was ‘Phoned to him but he came home first. Gave mes Spent the afternoon preparing my 4th lecture to the V.A.D. It was surgical + other wounds + the application of antiseptics. Helen5 had Nurse Waugh6 at tea.

1 Peter Miller, gamekeeper, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house ‘Robin’s Nest’ on the Fairnilee estate, Caddonfoot [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/309, Selkirk County, page 309 of 611

2 Tibbie Shiels Inn, Yarrow, is described in Canmore as an “Inn (Post Medieval), alternative names St Mary’s Cottage; Tibbie Shiels Cottage; Loch O’ Lowes; Loch Of The Lowes” [Canmore ID 51235] but is not identified as Tibbie Shiels in the Valuation Roll being instead recorded thus “James Scott, Proprietor Occupier of Inn, land and Additions to Inn (tenant’s erections), St Mary’s Cottage, Yarrow” [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]

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

4 Dr Muir appears to have been attending Jane Kennedy Mitchell nee Russell (about 1882-), wife of William Robert Mitchell, timber manager, they had married 4 October 1917 at Fairholm, Kirkhope [marriages 1917, 776/ 1, Kirkhope] and she was proprietrix of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope identified as property No. 119 on the 1921 Valuation Roll and only named “Fairholme” on the Valuation Rolls from 1923 onwards; the apparent delay by the Assessors in accepting house names has been commented on before

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

6 Nurse (or Sister) Waugh is not identified though she has been referred to a number of times in these Diaries

[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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