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

Another sharp drying day + no rain at all. Roads better. I once thought of cycling to Dundas Cottage1 but messages came to Low + High Faldonside so I cycled there. At the former Ralph Dees2 had a Paronychia + at the latter Jessie Boyd3 was worried about her throat. Then I went round by Fairnilee Lodge to Yair where I called for Mrs Dees [Dubs4] + found her in the middle of packing for flitting. Marion her old housemaid helping her. Saw Harvey’s [?] kid + came home by Forest Road. Had my tea at 3 + then cycled to Oakwood + Faldon Fauldshope. Helen5 + Barb.6 went to the meet at Riddell + Helen had a tumble of [sic] her bike at the almshouses + another at the High School.

1 Christina and Elizabeth Brydon were joint Tenant Occupiers of a house and garden ‘Dundas Cottage’, Thirlestane, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/312, Selkirk County, page 312 of 611]

2 Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988), son of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson; the family had been occupiers at Faldonside since early 1920 but Phyllis Mary Dees his sister had died 2 December 1920 after a prolonged illness, the consequence of a car accident

3 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

4 Though the name reads as Dees it must be Dubs and thus indicates precisely the date on which Margaret Forsyth Dubs, formerly Smith, née Arthur (1853-1935) left Selkirkshire; she had married, 2ndly, 1909 at Blythswood, Frank Albert Dubs; he moved from Glasgow to Yair Mansion, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire around 1909, died in 1920 and she had moved to a house called Woodbourne at Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Renfrewshire by 1925

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

6 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter and Mousey’s niece

[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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