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

East wind: dull dark damp day. Drizzling: Walked to Hospital + Curror Street. Gave Chlor[oform] at Viewfield at Lizzie Colledge1 for curetting. Motored to Rockville2 + Henhouse3. Spent the afternoon writing to Patrick4. Was not at church at all. Supped at Wellwood5. Norman Grieve there6. Message to Walter Currie7, Wester Essenside which I put off till tomorrow.

1 Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Colledge née Darling (about 1838-1925), wife of Thomas Colledge; they had married 1857 at Lauder

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

3 Henhouse on the edge of the Haining estate could imply visiting a number of households

4 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

5 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), his wife Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their five children, Dr Muir’s grandchildren

6 Norman William Grieve (1852-1936), Hawick-born, worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea businesses according to Douglas Scott in ‘A Hawick Word Book’) and left £308,574

7 Walter Currie, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 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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