7 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightful day: no more rain + yesterday’s has made little or no impression. The pastures up Yarrow are burned brown + the only green on the hills is the bracken. After seeing a few town cases I cycled to Beechwood + Scaurneuk. Mrs Geddes1 [?] has symptoms of gastric tumour. There was a slight west wind. Alf. Yellowlees youngest child2 died. Mrs Grieve (Lilly Linton)3 + her husband called with their children4, one of whom had an eruption on the back. Baptie5 went to Gala + met the Logans6. It was nice seeing them again. David7 went to Ed. [Edinburgh] in the evening to see Norah8. Tonic wines from Godfree9 arrived + there was a bottle of Port short.

1 Geddes Scaurneuk, Yarrow, 1921 John Geddes, shepherd, 1922 onwards then, Mrs Margaret Geddes née Graham (about 1855-), were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1922, VR011700009- ] = John died 29 August 1921, at Scaurneuk, Yarrow, aged 78; she was born about 1855, supposedly at Libberton, Lanarks, and died 1937 at Dunsyre, Lanarkshire 78 [1921, 779/1 2, Yarrow]

2 Elise Irene Yellowlees, died 7 July 1921, at Whinfield,, Selkirk, aged 1 year 8 months, of “Acute Intussusception 24 hours” certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; she was the daughter of Alfred George Yellowlees, timber merchant, and Helen Violet Yellowlees née Dunn [1921, 778/ 51, Selkirk]

3 Lillias ‘Lilly’ Grieve née Linton (1877-1957) and her husband William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns; she was the daughter of Simon Linton,

4 The two children were Lillias Linton Grieve (1918-2011) and Christian Glendinning Grieve (1919-1981), daughter and son of William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns, and Lillias Lilly Grieve née Linton, married 11 April 1916, Manor Parish, Peeblesshire

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

6 The Logans were Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928) and Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughters of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousins; both died Logie, Stirlingshire

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

8 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

9 Godfree has not been identified

[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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