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

A very nice day, calm + mild + with a good deal of sun. Very dark + lowering towards evening. Message to Dees1, Faldonside + Trotter2, Sundhopeburn. David3 did the latter as he was going to Deuchar Mill. I gave Fred Wallis4 Chlor[oform] at Viewfield for Dav. to do a Colostomy. Cycled to Faldonside. Saw Roy, Joyce + Ralph5 + had lunch. Went to Lauriston6 at 4 for tea + … Croquet. The Polloks7, Jack Harrisons8, Agnes Farquharson9, McCall10 + his friend Brown11 were there.

1 The Dees family had been occupiers at Faldonside, Galashiels, since early 1920, see also footnote 6

2 Nathaniel Trotter, byreman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Sundhopeburn, 1921 Valuation Roll

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

4 Frederick William Wallis (1856-), cloth finisher, of 10 Raeburn Place, Selkirk, husband of Polly Shelton, married Leeds, 1882, he died 6 May 1922 of “Cancer of the Rectum 11 months certified by John S Muir M.B. &c” [1922 Statutory registers Deaths 778/ 42 and Marriages Mar 1882 Shelton, Polly and Wallis, Frederick William, Leeds 9b 473]

5 Robert Irwin Richardson ‘Roy’ Dees (1904-about 1988), Edith Joyce Dees, later Beath (1908-1995) and Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988), children of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson

6 Lauriston, Philiphaugh, Selkirk, was home of Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934), widow of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and some of her (adult) children

7 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk and Christina Jane Pollok née Graham (about 1863-1948), his second wife

8 John ‘Jack’ Harrison junior (about 1886-1981), manufacturer, and Beatrice Anne Harrison née de Fraine (d.1962), of Levenlea, Selkirk

9 Agnes Farquharson (1865-1946), daughter of the Reverend James Farquharson, sometime Church of Scotland minister at Selkirk, and Martha Farquharson née Hector; presumably also the Agnes Farquharson referred to by Dr Muir in a diary entry of 14 February 1918 “We had a gathering here to cake wine & coffee after. Agnes Farquharson was there: It was delightful having all my dear lassies beside me.”

10 The Reverend, later Canon, James George McCall (1866-1954), sometime rector of St John’s Episcopal Church, Selkirk but was in the process of flitting at this point in 1921

11 McCall’s friend Brown is not 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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