6 April 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind went round by S. to E. it was much warmer with a good amount of sunshine up till 3 + 4. Saw some town cases cycling + walking. Left at 12.30 + cycled to Low Faldonside. Meant to go on to call for Jessie Boyd1 but met her cycling up to lunch at Mauldsheugh. Went on via Gattonside to meeting of Div. at Newtown2. There were 13 present including Blair’s3 successor, Elliot4 + McLagan5 of Ayton. It was delightful cycling + the County quite spring like. Helen6 motored with Mrs Mack7 to the meet at Bowhill. I met the hounds on their way back near Bowden Toll8. David9 cycled today to Newark + then to Fairnilea.

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

2 The Medical Division, which met at Newtown, appears to have covered Berwickshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire

3 William Blair (about 1837-1929), M.D., medical practitioner, at Jedburgh

4 Walter Armstrong Elliott (1887-1971), medical practitioner and Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Abbey Green, Jedburgh [1921 Valuation Roll, VR004500011/105, Jedburgh Burgh, page 105 of 384]; succeeding Dr Blair at Abbey Green he does not appear to have stayed long but instead moved to Hampshire [the 1939 England and Wales Register] records him in General Practice at Southampton and he died at Winchester

5 Patrick Alexander Maclagan (1877-1949), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner, at Ayton, later at Biggar

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

7 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), formerly of Elm Park, Selkirk

8 Assume Bowden Stand Dam Toll Post, commonly described as Bowden Toll, grid reference NGR NT551,297, adjacent to the junction where the Melrose and Bowden road leaves the Selkirk to St Boswells road see Ordnance Survey 6″ Roxburghshire Sheet VIII, published 1863

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

[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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