8 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Slept in the arm chair in the Smoke Room + was called over to Viewfield at 4.30. Mrs Smith had a d.1[daughter] (c. + s.) at 5.15. Did not go back to bed but had a hot bath. Found the management of the maternity business at Viewfield most satisfactory. Cycled to Hill Street, Lauriston (Mrs Smith2 very worried with …3), Yarrowford (ditto [?] report on Geo. Rutherford4) + back to Forest Road and Hospital. Very cold dry frost. Dust actually blowing about N.E. Dav.5 called with a slice of a 20lb fish Burns Lindow6 had caught.

1 Kathleen Hope Smith, later Thomson, born 8 November 1921, at Viewfield, daughter of George Smith, joiner, and Jean Robertson Smith née Hardie who had married 1920 at Selkirk [birth, 1921, 778/ 102, Selkirk; marriage, 1920, 778/ 48, Selkirk]; a correspondent tells me that Kathleen is still living in Selkirk

2 Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934), widow of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer

3 The Editor guesses that this must refer to Mrs Smith’s own health (see reference in diary entry for 9 November 1921) or perhaps this is a reference to a member of staff who is giving concern

4 George Rutherford (about 1850-1921), roadman, was Tenant of a house at Yarrowford [1921 Valuation Rolls, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]

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

6 Isaac William Burns-Lindow (about 1868-1946), D.S.O., army officer and tenant at Yair Mansion and Yair Bridge, including shootings and fishings [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/306, Selkirk County, page 306 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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