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

No rain today to speak of. Walked to Glebe Terrace + Hospital before 11 + at Viewfield helped Dav.1 with 2 cases of tonsils + adenoids (one of them the wee boy Gutridge2). Banked some money + spent all the afternoon at the Record Cards. Dora3 went with Mrs Mack4 and Mrs Simpson5 to call for the Slaters6 at Innerleithen. I dined at Heathpark7 with Mrs T Scott Anderson8 + her sister Miss Shaw9. Dressed a cut on Tim’s [illegible]10.

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

2 Assume James Edward Gutridge (1919-), son of Edward Gutridge, woollen millworker, and Elizabeth Dalgleish Gutridge née Hogg, married 28 April 1918 at Selkirk

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

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

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

6 The Slaters refers to William Work Slater (1864-1925), company director, and Janet Wilson ‘Jenny’ Slater née Kirkwood (1876-1935); a minor coincidence is that their son James Kirkwood Slater (1900-1965), OBE FRSE FRCPE, an Edinburgh-based neurologist, married Margaret Claire Byrom Bramwell, the daughter of Prof Edwin Bramwell (1873–1952), FRSE PRCPE LLD, another Edinburgh-based neurologist, whom Dr Muir had consulted in 1917

7 Heathpark, Selkirk, was the home of Euphemia Ballantyne (about 1855-1933), retired schoolteacher [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/142, Selkirk Burgh, page 142 of 644 and 1933 Euphemia Ballantyne (Statutory registers Deaths 778/ 47)]

8 Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (about 1857-1936), widow of T Scott Anderson and mother of Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Anderson who married W H Ogilvie

9 Miss Shaw has not been identified beyond her relationship to Joan Scott Anderson

10 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), one of Dr Muir’s grandsons

[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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