8 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A most charming day. Heavy dew in the morning: hazy, warm. Only one message to Bryson, Rosemount1. The little boy John Scott2, grandson of Mrs Scott3, Backrow (Bell Scott4 the late dressmaker’s sister in law) died after an uraemia fit at the Hospital. Cycled there + made another 11 town calls + cycled to Fauldshope for David5 to see a child of Duguid’s6 that had been scalded. Had a preses meeting at Viewfield re [? necessitous] cases. Very harmonious, about 25 present. Committee formed viz. Mrs Ogilvie7, Mrs Mack8, [N or W] Park9, R Stark10, Gibson11 + Midgehope12, Miss Scott Anderson13 + Nancy14 dined with me.

1 Rosemount is at Hillside Terrace but it is not named as such on the 1921 Valuation Roll, though William Bryson, wool sorter, was around the corner at Springbank, Tait’s Hill

2 John Scott, aged 3, died 8 September 1921 at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence 82 Coplaw Street, Govanhill, Glasgow, of “Diphtheria 10 days Uraemic Convulsion”; born 24 December 1917 (registered 11 January 1918) at Coplaw Street, Glasgow, he was the son of Robert Scott (1886-), mercantile clerk, and Emily Jane Scott née Cameron, married 29 July 1910 at Keir Street, Pollockshields, Glasgow

3 Margaret Scott née Leithead (about 1847-), was the mother of Robert Scott (footnote 2 above) and Tenant Occupier of a house at 24 Back Row, Selkirk [1921, VR007900012-]; she was the widow of Alexander Scott (about 1844-1907), joiner

4 It has not yet been possible to identify Bell Scott

5 Francis ‘Frank’ Duguid, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Fauldshope, Kirkhope; he was married to Helen Graham and they had five children by 1921 – Annie (d.1915), Jeanie, Annie, Jessie and James [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/319, Selkirk County, page 319 of 611 and Statutory BMDs]

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

7 Conceivably Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of W H Ogilvie

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

9 Park is not identified

10 Assume Robert Stark, coal merchant at Selkirk and Galashiels

11 Gibson is not identified but may be George Darling Gibson, manufacturer, who stayed in Galashiels but owned rental properties in Selkirk

12 Midgehope (Ettrick) could be a reference to a number of people

13 Assume Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (about 1857-1936), widow of T Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and daughter of Thomas Shaw, Wooriwyrite, Australia and Catherine Shaw née McLaughlin; the mother of Katherine Margaret Scott Anderson later Ogilvie (see footnote 7)

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

[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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