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

A pretty good day with much sunshine but still cold. S.W. wind. Was called up at 4.30 a.m. to attend Mrs Ewart, Ettrickhaugh Road who had a d. [daughter1] before I arrived. Got home at 6 but didn’t go to bed. Breakfasted at 7.30. Saw some town cases + motored to Oakwood, Crosslee, Craighill, Beechwood, Ettrickhaugh Road, Muthag Street +c getting back at 2.15. Was not out again till 7 when I saw Mary Dobson2 – sinking – + old Fell3 at Viewfield. Helen4 had signalling practice in the Park. Got 24 gulls eggs from Mrs Mack5.

1 Margaret Mary Ewart, born 10 May 1921, daughter of Thomas Ewart, maintenance engineer, and Annie Ewart née Cruickshank; later married Robert Howie Fulton, fireman [birth 1921, 778/ 45, Selkirk and death 1969, 775/ 175, Galashiels]

2 Mary Rodger née Dobson (1880-1921), died 11 May 1921, at Elm Row, Selkirk, usual residence 43 Tower Street, aged 41, of “Medullary Cancer in Axilla and breast 6 months”, death certified by John S Muir M.B. +c; the daughter of John Davidson, dye house labourer, and Mary Dobson nee Davidson she was married to Andrew Rodger, woollen millman

3 Assume Thomas Fell (about 1857-1923), retired gamekeeper, who was to die, aged 76, of “senile decay” in 1923; married to Jane Ismay, they lived at Bewlie Mains Cottages

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

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

[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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