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

Had a very quiet day seeing half a dozen patients, before posting May [accounts] into ledger. Mrs Robert Leslie1 very ill. ‘Phoned Miss Graham2 for a nurse + got Nurse McKerrall3 who was at Faldonside. David4 was at Delorainehope5 + took Peter6. Moffat Hydro has been burned7. There was more sun today but it wasn’t warm. There was a little rain in the afternoon.

1 Lizzie Davidson Leslie née Douglas (1887-1941), wife of Robert Vair Leslie, warehouseman and tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk; they had married 1912 at Selkirk

2 Miss Elizabeth Graham was the Matron of the Scottish Association of Trained Nurses at 15/17 Alva Street, Edinburgh, sometimes described as “Miss Graham’s Home for Trained Nurses (Co-operative System)” [1925 Valuation Roll, VR010000495-/81, Edinburgh Burgh, page 81 of 249]

3 Nurse McKerrall has not been identified

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

5 Delorainehope, Kirkhope, grid reference NGR NT341,187

6 Peter Muir Spurgeon Allen (1914-2005), was at Thorncroft, Selkirk, aged 7 in the 1921 Census [taken 19 June 1921], born 4 June 1914, Chorlton [Lancashire], the son of the Reverend Willoughby xx Allen and Catherine Ellen Allen neeGreen; a head teacher (retired), he died 16 February 2005 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Hope Cottage, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian.

7 “Opening on 5th April, 1878, the town had the ‘Moffat Hydropathic Hotel’, which was burnt down in June 1921. In its heyday this palatial hotel contained over three hundred bedrooms, elegantly furnished drawing room and luxurious lounge. The spacious dining room seated three hundred diners in lavish surroundings. The ‘Hydro’ was a considerable local employer. By 1920 the spa period was almost over, some furnishings having to be sold to cover costs.” The Moffat Hydro Moffat Museum https://moffatmuseum.co.uk/the-moffat-hydro/

[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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