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

Bright morning but showery after: a good deal colder. Saw some town cases (including Rockville1) walking after. I came back from motoring to Forest Road +c Shielshaugh, Fauldshope, Bluecairn + Oakwood. After tea I motored to Faldonside, Fairnilee Lodge + Manorhill2. Saw altogether 21 town cases + 7 county. Mr + Miss Chrystal3 from Melrose had tea with Helen4 + Madge Ogilvie5 called at night. She was here at a meeting of G.F.S.6 + stayed at Viewfield7.

1 Robert Currie (c.1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, was at Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk

2 Florence Elphinstone Steel née Ford (about 1859-1936), widow of William Strang Steel (1832-1911) and daughter of Major-General Burnett Ford, was Proprietor Occupier at Manorhill, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/329, Selkirk County, page 329 of 611], while James Scott, coachman and Albert Taylor, gardener were Inhabitant Occupiers of houses at the same address, presumably members of her staff

3 The Reverend James Robert Chrystal (about 1840-1930), of Woodlea, Melrose; born 6 Oct 1839, Auchinleck, Ayr, Scotland, married 15 Jun 1871, Melrose, Roxburgh, Margaret Sophia Riddell (died 4 Jul 1913, Edinburgh), he died 27 Jan 1930 Melrose – it is possible that their daughter Alice M W Chrystal (1872-1948) was her father’s companion after Margaret’s death

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

5 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965)

6 The Editor would be pleased to hear what G.F.S. stood for

7 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital; now the Andrew Lang Unit, its previous tenant had been Alexina Margaret Buist (1853-1936)

[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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