6 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

[The text at the top of the page has been transcribed as part of the diary entry for Monday 3rd October]

Still very mild + fair up till 4.30 after which there was some rain. David1 was shooting at Yair2. I cycled to Rosemount3, Viewfield, Hospital, Manorhill4 +c. At latter I saw Taylor5 the gardener + Mrs Steel asked Mr T to tell me she had been staying with Mrs Murray Scott6 (a Ramsay of Bowland) at Haslemere + had called for May7. Attended meeting of panel committee in Stalker’s8 office where we re-elected …9 for 3 years. Got wet in the knees cycling back. Dora10 went off to Edin. to Mrs Ritchie11 at 3.40.

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

2 The Tenant Occupier of Yair Mansion, Caddonfoot was Isaac William Burns-Lindow, not Lindon as ScotlandsPeople has it (about 1868-1946), D.S.O., the last commanding officer of The South Irish Horse, one of the six southern Irish regiments of the British Army disbanded in 1922 following the creation of the new Irish Free State [Sources include: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/306, Selkirk County, page 306 of 611; Robin Rhoderick-Jones ‘In Peace & War: The Story of The Queen’s Royal Hussars’, 2018]

3 James Kirkpatrick, wool agent, was Proprietor of a house Rosemount, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/141, Selkirk Burgh, page 141 of 644]

4 Florence Elphinstone Ford or Steel, widow, was Proprietor of a house, offices and grounds Manorhill, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/329, Selkirk County, page 329 of 611]

5 Albert Taylor, gardener, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house “at Gardens, Manorhill” (1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/329, Selkirk Burgh, page 329 of 611]

6 Helen Gertrude Scott née Ramsay (1874-1963); Canada-born daughter of William Ramsay (about 1836-1919), landed proprietor, and Helen Anderson Ramsay née Reid, of Bowland, Stow, Midlothian, she had married, 15 February 1913, at Bowland, Stow, William Murray Scott, sugar refiner, of Richmond, Surrey

7 May is almost certainly a Muir relative

8 D G Stalker, Clerk to the National Health Insurance Committee, based at the British Linen Bank Buildings, Galashiels

9 This reference is unclear

10 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), his youngest daughter and a nurse

11 Mrs Ritchie is not identified

1 [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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