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

Coldish dry day. High wind at night + some rain. Was called up at 6.30 for Mrs Jo. Welsh1, Bengerburnhope. She had a d. [daughter] soon after I arrived2. Got back at 9.30. Was at Viewfield from 11 to 2.30 giving Chlor[oform] to Mrs Brownlee3 (Dora Thomson) for [illegible] fixations + Mrs Brown Johnstone4 (Mrs Hume‘s daughter) for hysterectomy. Dav.5 also took out their appendices while he had them [?] opened up! Cycled down to Lower Faldonside to see Mrs Maycock6. Splendid sunset. Helen7 returned at 7.24.

1 John Welsh was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Mount Bengerhope, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- /337, Selkirk County, page 337 of 611]

2 Margaret Inglis Welsh, born 14 October 1921, the daughter of John Welsh, shepherd, and Jane Welsh née Inglis who had married 1903 at Wilton, Roxburghshire; John and Jane were at Broadmeadows around 1909-10, the family appears to have flitted to Yarrow around 1911, first at Old Tinnis, later at Mountbengerhope [birth, 1921, 779/1 3, Selkirk] and Jane herself was daughter of John Inglis, shepherd, and Jessie Inglis née Bell

3 Dora Matilda Thomson (1882-1963) had married James Brownlee, 1911, at Selkirk [marriage, 1911, 778/ 6, Selkirk]

4 Assume Maggie Hume who had married Alexander Johnston, 1919, at Selkirk [marriages, 1919, 778/ 1, Selkirk]

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

6 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), born Braco, Ardoch, Perth & Kinross, died Perth; she was the wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, born Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, the son of James Maycock, shoemaker, and Elizabeth née Hartley; in 1901 he was a servant in London (St George Hanover Square) but to a Scottish family (Baird) which may explain his move to Scotland, he married, 7 June 1907 at Monzie Parish Church, Crieff, Catherine Gow of Monzie, in 1911 Census he was a butler (domestic) aged 34 at Yair, and his WW1 Service Record states “Yair House, Selkirk”, he was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a field at Lower Faldonside, 1921 Valuation Roll but of a house at the same place in the 1922 Valuation Roll; a poultry farmer, retired, he died 29 November 1957, aet 80, at Crieff Cottage Hospital, usual residence Tuckethill [Tuchethill], Dollerie, Perthshire

7 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

[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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