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

Weeping ash budding

There was a little rain this morning but nothing more than wet the surface. Wind into N.W. + not so warm as the last 3 days. Motored in town, Oakwood, Weatherhouse1, Yarrowford, Philiphaugh [and] Beechwood. Had nothing to do after till Minnie Brown2 came down about her father. Jim Brydon3, Annelshope, called. Wire from Charlie Spittal4 announcing his sister’s death5. Wrote him. Also wrote Dr Gray about Pike6. Letter from Jean7. H., D., Nancy8 +c at Picture House.

1 Weatherhouse, which is not often mentioned by Dr Muir, is on the Bowhill estate just upstream of Carterhaugh Bridge, grid reference NGR NT428,268

2 Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who served in Egypt and France 1916-1919 and her father Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, both resident Dunreay, Selkirk

3 James Brydon, shepherd, was at Shankend, Ettrick and Margaret Brydon, spinster, of Annelshope (nearby) was proprietor [1930 Valuation Roll, VR011700010-/190, Selkirk County, page 190 of 829]

4 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Spittal (1877-1947), rancher, accountant and son of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends; he had come back to the UK to fight in the First World War but at the time of his sister’s death he was at 122 Rue Sainte, Marseille

5 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921) had died 25 May 1921; she was daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh, her husband William had died in 1913 and she is referred to in Dr Muir’s diaries a number of times between 1915 and 1919 as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh; her Probate notes that she was formerly of 20 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, her cause of death was attributed, amongst other things, to “Arteriosclerosis 6 years” and left estate worth £164,634 17s 6d

6 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval at the time) at Newington, Edinburgh

7 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

8 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s three youngest daughters

[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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