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

Was knocked up at 1 a.m. to see Isa Reid1, Viewfield, who was dead when I got there. Walked up Backrow + told the Pearsons2. Ran out to Greenhill after breakfast + found that the abscess in Miss Milne’s3 tonsil had burst. Went to Ed. at 10.29 with Nancy + Helen4 to attend Pike’s funeral5. Dear Jean6 was in great distress. Munro7, Guy8, Bessie Patrick9, Mrs Trotter (Jean’s shop woman)10, a man Hughes11 from Glasgow + an English clergyman Clark12 were there. The burial was in Newington Cemetery. Had tea with Jean + came out by the 6.5. [sic] Went to the store with Helen + got her a pair of strong boots.

1 Isabella Reid (1234-1921), chairwoman, died 29 November 1921 at Viewfield Nursing Home usual residence 23 Forest Road, Selkirk, aet 53, of “Malignant growth of liver, Gallstones” certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; the 1921 Valuation Roll shows her address as 93 Forest VR007900012-/163, Selkirk Burgh, page 163 of 644

2 It is not evident what the link is but Jane Ann Pearson was Tenant of a house at 82 Back Row, Selkirk; in 1911 Jane A Pearson, woollen winder, aged 19, was living at 56 Back Row with her family, including a sister Mary, woollen winder, aged 16, so Isa Reid may have been employed by that working family [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/163, Selkirk Burgh, page 151 of 644; Census 1911 778/4/15, page 15 of 17]

3 Dr Muir appears to have the name wrong again: he had been attending Elizabeth Mill (1872-1954) who lived with her brother John Spottiswoode Mill at Greenhill, Ashkirk, see 26 November 1921 diary entry for full details

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

5 Frederick Charles ‘Kenneth’ Pike (1883-1921), sometime theatrical agent and husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir, had died 26 November 1921, aged 39

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

7 Munro is not identified

8 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

9 Bessie Patrick may be Elizabeth Maud Patrick (1881-1945), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton; born 30 January 1881, died 17 June 1945, aged 64, buried Bent Cemetery, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

10 Mrs Trotter is not identified but must have worked at the tea shop at 47 Newington Road, Edinburgh where Dr Muir’s daughter was Tenant [Miss Jane Muir, cook, 1920 Valuation Roll, VR010000379-/38, Edinburgh Burgh, page 38 of 257]

11 Hughes is not identified

12 Mr Clark is not identified

[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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