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

Showery day especially towards evening. Louise1 feeling the effects of eating a raw turnip. Walked there2, + Curror Street + at Wellwood Viewfield lectured Rodger3 re drinking. Saw some cases in Backrow + Kirkwynd + then after lunch met David4 at Oakwood Mill where he excised Agnes Barton’s tonsils5. Did some work at Record Cards + then was hurried to Fairnilea where a lad Wilfred Lees6 had a compound fracture of leg from colliding with a car of a Mrs Shankland of Kilmalcolm7. Got him removed to Viewfield in the ambulance. McCall8 + Mrs Mack9 dined with me. This was Barbara’s 19th birthday10.

1 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter

2 It is assumed that ’there’ is Wellwood, home of the Roberts family

3 Presumably George Frederick Eck Rodger (1873-1956) whom Dr Muir had recently seen at the Hospital; the son of George Rodger and Elizabeth Charlotte Eck, he was based in Cheshire but his mother was proprietor of Bridgelands, Selkirk

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

6 Wilfred Lees’ identity was finally revealed at the trial of Dugald Cowan Shankland [see footnote 7] which was reported in the Southern Reporter of 15 December 1921; he was Wilfred Lees junior (1900-), a plumber, born Preston, Lancashire the son of Wilfred Lees and Alice Lees nee Wilding who had married March Quarter 1890, and he was on a motorbike holiday when the collision happened, he died April Quarter 1942 but whether his injuries contributed to his relatively early death is not known [birth, Dec 1900, Preston 8e 521; parents’ marriage, Mar 1890, Preston 8e 716]

5 Agnes Turnbull Barton was 15 in 1911 Census, born 23 January 1896 at Logiealmond, Perthshire, she was the daughter of Andrew Barton, farmer, and Rebecca Barton née Grant who had married June 1892 at the Burgh of Stirling; in 1921 Andrew and his brother James were Inhabitant Occupiers at Oakwoodmill, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/323, Selkirk County, page 323 of 611]

7 According to the report of his trial in December 1921 the driver was Dugald Cowan Shankland, ship owner, husband of Emma Seely Shankland née Berryman and sometime of Whinfield, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire [1915 Valuation Roll, VR011400091-/668, Renfrew County, Page 668 of 751]

9 The Reverend James George McCall (1866-1954), rector of St John’s Episcopal Church, Selkirk

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

10 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

[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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