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

Strong NW wind dry but not cold. Saw 8 town cases besides Viewfield + Hospital. Nurse Fraser1 ill with sore throat + I ordered her to bed. Cycled to Rockville2, Kingcroft Toll3 + Synton Mill: quite pleasant. About 4.30 had to go down to Clark4, dentist, to stop a bleeding gum in a man Wintrup5. Had a crowd at night + was later for dinner at Elmpark6. Jack7 + Charlie8 there to meet the Stowes9. After getting home at 10.30 had to go down to Mauldsheugh10 + reduce a dislocated shoulder for Robt. Davidson11, Beechwood, the postman.

1 Nurse Fraser has not (yet) been identified

2 Rockville, Selkirk, home of Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer; the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

3 John Elliot, retired forester was Tenant at Old Tollhouse, Kingcroft, (Proprietor Christina H Brown) [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/334, Selkirk County, page 334 of 611]

4 Thomas Raeburn ‘T Raeburn’ Clark (1879-1943), dental surgeon at 8 The Green, Selkirk and of Ettrickbridge, 1920 Valuation Roll; married to Isabella Watson, he died, 9 July 1943, aged 63, at 153 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh, usual residence Elburn, Ettrickbridge.

5 There was a Thomas Wintrup, millworker, who was Tenant at 6a Heatherlie Terrace, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/214, Selkirk Burgh, page 214 of 644]

6 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law

8 Charles Henry ‘Charlie‘ Roberts (1877-), tweed manufacturer and Jack’s brother

9 The Stowes were Agnes Maude Ethel Stowe née Simpson (1878-1962), daughter of James Cowie Simpson, coal master, and Margaret ‘Maggie’ Simpson née Watson (thus Mrs Agnes Mackintosh’s niece) and Griswold Stowe (1869-1930), sometime treasurer of the Deshabille Lumber Company [USA] – and possibly at this date their son William Sargent Stowe (1904-1973)

10 Mauldsheugh, named ‘Mauldshaugh’ on the 1918 and 1920 Valuation Rolls, was Andrew Gray Lumgair’s old house later tenanted by Dr David Charteris Graham and used as his home and as the Medical Partnership’s hospital, the Editor assumes therefore that this is the ‘Hospital’ referred to frequently in the diaries (and sometimes at the same time as Viewfield, so they are clearly undertaking different functions for Muir & Graham); there is a reference, 29 January 1919 “He was taken to Mauldsheugh where he was operated on by Mr Fraser at 5. I gave Chlor[oform]. Fraser is a beautiful operator + the result was successful in the removal of an inflamed appendix.” [Heritage Hub SBA/657/22/15]

11 Robert Cameron Davidson (1897-1974), postman, son of James Davidson (about 1869-), coachman, and Joan Davidson née Cameron (about 1868-), who had married 1895, at Kennoway, Fife [Sources: 1897 Births 434/ 7); 1911 Census Selkirk, 778/ 12/ 12, page 12 of 14 and 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/326, Selkirk County, page 326 of 611]

[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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