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

Had a quiet day. Made a doz. calls in town (including Lizzie Bell1, Linglie Cottages) walking. Jas Brodie2, Curror Street, was unconscious when I called + died soon after. He has been ill for a year + a half. In the afternoon Tom Alexander3 + Dora4 motored to Kirklea5 (+ I cycled) to tea. Geordo6 goes to school at Weatheral7 on Monday.

1 Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bell (1866-), Tenant Occupier of Magdalene Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll; daughter of John Bell, tweed designer, and Joan Bell née Scott, sister of George Bell (about 1874-1913), sometime bookseller and stationer, with whom she had shared the house

2 James Brodie, woollen pattern weaver, died 20 September 1921, aged 59, at 1 Curror Street, Selkirk, of neurasthenia 18 months, certified by John S Muir M.B. +c; he was married to Mary Millar

3 Tom Alexander is not identified

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

5 Kirklea, Ashkirk was the home 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) and their two children Margaret Deloraine Ogilvie (1909-2003) and George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995)

6 George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995)

7 Wetheral, Cumberland had a boys’ preparatory school, called Lime House School, from 1899 until 1946 when it moved to Dalston [https://www.limehouseschool.co.uk/about/history-ethos]

[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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