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

No rain today + much less wind: quite pleasant. 3 more cases of Scarlet admitted to Hospital making 9 Scarlet + 9 Diph[theria], 2 of the latter had some epistaxis1 in the evening. I saw about a doz. cases cycling. I was twice at Hospital. Baptie2 took Tina3, Christy4 + Dora5 in the car to the wood near the 7th Yarrow milestone6 where they took tea then went on + saw Yarrow Church. Nancy7 called looking very well + bronzed. Jock, Stewart, Louise + Tim8 all came with her + 2 friends of Jock + Stewart. Charlie Boucher9 wrote asking me to come with Helen10.

1 Epistaxis is bleeding from the nose

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

3 Christina M ‘Tina’ Patrick (1882-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and David Patrick, solicitor

4 Christina Robertson ‘Christy’ Patrick (1889-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and David Patrick, solicitor

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 The wood appears to be the one below Tinnis Top and above the Yarrow Water, east of Yarrowlea at approximate grid reference NGR NT381,290

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

8 Dr Muir’s grandchildren John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

9 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Boucher (1877-1947), locum to Dr Muir in 1902, born Belfast, was a medical student in Snaith and Cowick, Yorkshire, West Riding in 1901 and returned to Ireland before 1915, to general practice at Donaghcloney, Co. Down, marriage in 1911 to Martha Louise Denison, and eventual death; Boucher’s aunt with whom he was living in 1901 was Jane Shearburn née Auld, daughter of Charles Auld of Greenock and Isabella Auld née Logan, sister of Jane Logan, Dr Muir’s mother, making Dr Muir and Jane Shearburn first cousins, their shared grandparents being the Reverend James Logan and Catherine Stewart

10 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter was planning a trip to Ireland

[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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