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

Attended meeting of the Hospital Committee.

Much warmer, almost sultry in afternoon + almost no wind. Saw town cases + dressed Mrs Malkin1 + then went to Rosemount, Dunreay, Oakwood, Philiphaugh Stables, Ettrickhaugh Road, Fairnilea + Hospital. Message to a Mrs Smith2 in one of the shows in Victoria Park. Did that, Mrs Robert Leslie3 + And. Brown4 (who is slowly going down) before dinner. Angus Gillan and Margaret5 arrived about 5 motoring from Edinburgh. Mrs Mack6, Nancy and Barbara7 came to dinner. Margaret Gillan very sweet + Angus a tall quiet nice man: an Academy8 boy: friend of Harry Wade9. At 9 o’clock had to go to Ovenscloss to see the French governess.

1 Jeannie Clark Malkin née Christie (1893-1986) had an appendix operation at Viewfield on 12 June

2 Mrs Smith is unidentified but, as a reader kindly pointed out, the shows will have been those in place for the Common Riding, and for Show Sunday in particular, which were then located at Victoria Park but are nowadays (when events can be put on at all) at the Haining

3 Lizzie Davidson Leslie née Douglas (1887-1941), wife of Robert Vair Leslie, warehouseman and tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk

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

5 Margaret Douglas Gillan née Ord Mackenzie (1891-1973), daughter of Montague Allan Ord Mackenzie and Frances Gordon ‘Fanny’ Ord Mackenzie née Rennie (and therefore Dr Muir’s niece); she had married, 1917, (James) Angus Gillan (1885–1981), Olympic rower and colonial administrator

6 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

8 Angus Gillan was born at Aberdeen and was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Magdalen College, Oxford

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

[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

2 thoughts on “15 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I guess that this was at the time of Selkirk Common Riding, and Victoria Park (a.k.a. the Haugh) would have been the recipient of the “Shows”, with various rides, side-shows and the like.


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