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

Keen frost + fog. Trees +c all white with rime which never disappeared. Jean1 ‘Phoned that Kenneth2 died this morning. Poor dear Jean! Her’s is a very sad case + though I disapproved of her marriage I am none the less sorry for her. She was apparently happy + content with Pike + must feel losing him after such a short married life. I walked about the town + was called a little before 5 to Miss Milne, Greenhill, the farmer’s sister3. She had a tonsillar abscess. Motored there: fog very dense especially along the Haining woods. Helen + Nancy4 walked cross country to Lilliesleaf hoping to see the hounds but they did not turn up at Riddell.

1 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

2 Frederick Charles ‘Kenneth’ Pike (1883-1921), sometime theatrical agent and husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir, died 26 November 1921, aged 39, of Phthisis pulmonalis, at Lutton Place, Edinburgh, just off South Clerk Street, Newington; he was born Sep Quarter 1883, Chard (Somerset) Registration District, 5c 378. and they had married, 15 June 1920, Mayfield U.F. Church, Newington, Edinburgh

3 Dr Muir appears to have the name wrong: John Spottiswoode Mill, farmer, was at Greenhill, Ashkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll; John (about 1867-1946) and his sister Elizabeth Mill (1872-1954) were at Greenhill, 1911 Census and both were born Legerwood, Berwickshire [sources: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611; 1911 Census, 773/B 1/ 2, page 2 of 6; John’s death, 1946, 799/1 43, Melrose; Elizabeth’s death, 1954, 799/1 111, Melrose]

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter

[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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