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

The gale gradually subsided + wind went round to NW. No rain: quite pleasant + sunny. Saw only the child Shannon1 at Viewfield, Ann Turnbull2 + And. Brown3 + motored to Oakwood, Woodend4 (Maggie Hogg5 is actually 81), Ettrickbridgend to see Bella6 + back to Philiphaugh, Thirladean Lodge + The Nest7. Got home a little after 1 : had a bite + cycled down to the annual meeting of the Div.8 at 3. Good turn out. McLay9, Stevenson’s successor10 there + Lorimer11 , Kelso whom I have not met. I was nominated for the Scottish Comttee + deputy representative after Cullen12. Wade13 gave a lecture on [illegible] + showed how to apply. Thomas14 replied. Came back by Buxton + Dunreay. Helen + Pike15 motored to Faldonside for tea.

1 Four girls with the surname Shannon were born in Selkirkshire between 1909 and 1913: Janet Hounam Shannon (1909-), daughter of Hugh Shannon and Jemima Turnbull who married 1897 at Langholm and Mary Shannon (1910-), Jeannie Shannon (1911-) and Ann Boyd Shannon (1913-), daughters of John Shannon and Katherine Duffy who married 1909 at Selkirk

2 Ann ‘Annie’ Turnbull, woollen darner, had a baby, Mary Margaret Turnbull, on 9 June 1921

3 Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, resident Dunreay, Selkirk

4 Woodend, just north of Ettrickbridge, approximate grid reference NGR NT389,245 and visible on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire sheet XI.SW published 1900

5 Margaret ‘Maggie’ Hogg (about 1842-1925) was occupier of a house, garden, stable and land at Woodend, Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/320 & 322, Selkirk County, pages 320 and 322 of 611]

6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

7 The Nest, Caddonfoot, grid reference NGR NT431,353

8 The Scottish Borders counties were the South-Eastern Counties Division of the Edinburgh Branch of the British Medical Association

9 Kenneth McLay (1889-1964), M.D., D.P.H., medical practitioner at Galashiels from about 1921; Chairman of the Borders Board of Management, 1962

10 Nathaniel Stevenson (1864-1937), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, who had left Galashiels in scandalous circumstances as Dr Muir noted at the time “Stevenson, Gala, has bolted with a married woman. It happened last week + the incident but without names was in the Sat. evening papers.” [Dr Muir’s diary 18 January 1921]

11 James Lorimer (1884-1967), M.B., Ch.B.Ed., medical practitioner at Kelso, resident Neworth, Forestfield, Kelso, 1921 [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/421, Roxburgh County, page 421 of 993]; later moved to Argyll

12 William Laing Cullen (1861-1921), M.B., medical practitioner, of St Boswells

13 Almost certainly Sir Henry ‘Harry’ Wade (1876-1955), PRCSE FRSE DSO CMG, Scottish military and urological surgeon

14 Dr Thomas is not (yet) identified

15 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter and Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married in 1920

[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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