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

Very miserable with dyspepsia. Nice day: cool. Cycled to Synton Mill where I renewed acquaintance with Jas. Elliot1 + his wife: saw also Lambert2 who contracted Malaria in Mesopot[amia]. Called at Kirklea for Geordo3 who has symptoms of Chorea4. In afternoon cycled to Sunderland Hall Lodge + Faldonside where Mrs Dees5 gave me two cucumbers + some tomatoes. Had to trail down to Buccleuch Road after I got back to see Henderson’s child6.

1 Presumably James Elliot of Flex, Hawick, who was also tenant at Shielswood, Ashkirk, in which case his wife was Isabella Douglas Elliot née Amos [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/302, Selkirk County, page 302 of 611]

2 Assume John Lambert, labourer, who was at Ashkirk in the early 1920s

3 George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995), son of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets, and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965); the family lived at Kirklea, Ashkirk

4 Chorea is an abnormal involuntary movement disorder

5 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey, born 7 April 1872, the Vicarage, Ancroft, Northumberland, died 8 March 1948, The Manager’s Residence, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa

6 Henderson’s child 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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