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

Denser fog than ever + frost. All the trees are lovely + all the roadside vegetation like frosted silver. David1 did tracheotomy at the Hospital on a child Gordon from Backfeus2. I motored out to Greenhill + found Miss Milne3 rather better + came back by Forest Road + Hospital. Went to evening service where a Mr Weatherhead4 from Dundee preached in aid of the Central Fund5. Jack, Nancy6 + Mr Duffus7 (a Viewfield patient from Aberdeen) we’re at supper + I walked down to the Hospital after. It was bitterly cold. Wrote Barbara8 + sent her 2 ‘Reporters’.

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

2 Thomas Gordon was a Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Backfeus, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012- xx]

3 Elizabeth Mill (1872-1954) lived with her brother John Spottiswoode Mill at Greenhill, Ashkirk, see preceding diary entry for full details

4 Assume the Reverend Dr James Weatherhead (1863-1944), Free Church minister and Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland, 1927, which was two years before the 1929 union, he was minister of St Pauls UF Church in Dundee, 1925 [birth, 1863, 757/ 3, Whitsome; death, 1944, 307/ 21, Mains and Strathmartine; 1925 Valuation Roll, VR009800194-xxx]

5 The United Free Church of Scotland had a central fund from which it could cross-subsidise ministerial stipends [Sawkins, John W and Bailey, Em. “Ministerial Stipend Cross Subsidy in the United Free Church of Scotland.” Scottish Church History , vol. 50.1, 2021, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3366/sch.2021.0041]

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

7 Mr Duffus has not been identified but Dr Muir’s diary entry for 27 November 1921 notes that he is from Aberdeen

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

[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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