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

A perfect day. Brilliant sunshine. Clear sky but sharpish E. wind. Cycled early to Oakwood, Howford Cottage, Beechwood + Bleachfield Road. Dav.1 came up + we talked over things. Just as he was starting yesterday he got a call from Lindough2 + called at Yair. I got all the town accounts put up for delivery + did not get to church. Jessie Robertson3, Bleachfield Road rather ill with curious delirium. Hear Willow Wrens4 at Oakwood + Howford. In afternoon attended Mrs Heatlie, Ettrick Road with her 4th baby5.

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

2 Dr Muir has heard the name but not seen it written but he was in good company because the Valuation Roll has it wrong altogether, calling him Lieutenant Colonel Isaac William Burns Lindon when he was documented as tenant of Yair Mansion; he was in fact Isaac William Burns-Lindow (about 1868-1946), D.S.O., the last commanding officer of The South Irish Horse, one of the six southern Irish regiments of the British Army disbanded in 1922 following the creation of the new Irish Free State [Sources include: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/306, Selkirk County, page 306 of 611; Robin Rhoderick-Jones (2019), ‘In Peace & War: The Story of The Queen’s Royal Hussars’]

3 Jessie Wight Robertson, later Kemp (1888-1966), daughter of Neil Robertson, engineer, and Helen Robertson née Brown; Neil was Proprietor Occupier of a house at 11 Bleachfield Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll]

4 Willow Wren or Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

5 Assume John Mathieson Heatlie, born 1921 [778/ 43, Selkirk] but possibly Marjory Heatlie [778/ 87, Selkirk]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/16, 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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