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

Magnificent sun rise followed by a dull coldish day + occasional slight drizzle. Breakfasted at 7.15 + left at 8.10 + went right up to Craighill to see Abbey Anderson1 who had a feverish cold. Called for Lady Napier2 + for a maid at Cacrabank3. Came back via Shielshaugh to see May Warwick4. Found messages to Niven5, Mavisbank, Henderson6, Dunsdale, + Emond, Chapel Street7 which I did along with Shawpark8, on foot + then I had to go over to Gala to see Isa Paton9 who had injured her side by a fall. Dav.10 was shooting at Fairnilea11.

1 Craighill was the home of Mrs Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson who had been seen by Dr Muir several times since she had had a baby Johan Muir Anderson on 1 August 1921; she was the second wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, they had married 7 March 1919, at Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/312, Selkirk County, page 312 of 611.

2 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), the Hon., Lady Napier

3 Cacrabank, Ettrick; the identity of the maid is unknown

4 Assume Margaret ‘May’ Warwick, wife of Andrew Warwick, head gamekeeper, [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611]

5 Assume Miss Maggie Niven, weaver, who was Tenant Occupier of a house 8 Mavisbank, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/182, Selkirk Burgh, page 182 of 644]

6 Assume Henderson, Dunsdale [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611]

7 Assume Miss Joan Emond, Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Chapel Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/174, Selkirk Burgh, page 174 of 644]

8 Dr Muir was seeing John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawpark and Shawmount, Selkirk

9 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929), formerly of Selkirk but who had flitted to Galashiels with her sister Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940) in May 1918

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

[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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