9 August 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunny forenoon: dull + cold after. No rain. I never had so little to do. Was called down after breakfast to Mrs Jo. Young (Ella Palfrey1), Glebe Terrace who was threatened with a M.C.2 Saw her again at 12.30 + 7. Cycled to these + Hospital. Worked away at the record cards + got the bulk of them done. Tina + Chrissie3 left this evening at 11.1. The house felt rather deserted. Dora4 went to Lauriston5 for tea and to the Picture Ho. with Mrs Mack6 + Mrs Simpson7.

1 Alison Elspeth Young née Palfrey (1882-1973), was Proprietor Occupier of a house and garden at 14 Glebe Terrace, Selkirk and wife of John Wilson Young (they had married 1920 in Edinburgh); she had been born at Tillycoultry, Clackmannanshire and she was the sister of Isabella Jarvie née Palfrey (1884-1957) who was more likely to be known as ‘Ella’ but the text doesn’t allow that reading (though both the 1901 Census, which names them ‘Alice’ and ‘Ella’ respectively and Dr Muir’s diary entry of Wednesday 20 November clearly identify Isabella Jarvie at Broomfield as ‘Ella’)

2 M.C. is a reference to an unidentified medical condition

3 It is the Editor’s conclusion that this must refer to Christina Robertson Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1889-1960), one of her daughters, though the genealogy is not helped by the parents’ changes to names – Constance in the birth registration becomes Christina by the 1891 Census, the same given name as her younger sister Christina R R Patrick, while their sister Andrina Edith Patrick was called Alexandria in the same Census; the Editor has ruled out Constance Mary ‘Christina’ Patrick (1882-) being either of the Patricks at Selkirk at this time in 1921 because she was referred to as Connie by Dr Muir on 16 August 1920

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

5 Lauriston, Selkirk was the home of Katie Smith née Locke, widow of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, who had died in 1899, and perhaps one or more of her children

6 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

7 Margaret ‘Maggie’ Simpson née Watson (1857-1939), sister of Mrs Agnes Mackintosh née Watson of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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