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

Was knocked up at 5 a.m. for Mrs Thos. Davidson (Anne Lockie1), Backfeus. David2 had seen her last night. I came back, shaved, dressed, breakfasted + got her over about 103. From 11 to 1 at Viewfield for 2 appendectomies = a Miss Moore4 from Flockfield + a girl Harkness5, Clockie Castle6. While at Viewfield got a message to Mrs F Kerr7, Kilncroft, another confinement. Sent Nurse McDougal8 down. + went down myself later. Mrs K was very slow + I got other work done first Hospital + Hardie9, Bridgelands + at the darkening, Heard10, West Essenside, who have discarded Dixon11, Hawick. As I was leaving the Swift12 broke down + I had to hire. Went down to Mrs K after dinner + got her over at 9.1513. So I had a [two words illegible] day. At Essenside the younger boy aet 18 months14 was ailing but no signs of Diph.15 Sent Crissie Bell, Castle Street16, to Hosp.17 with Scarlet. It was dull + mild today.

1 Annie Lockie and Thomas L Davidson had married in 1921 at Selkirk [1921, 778/ 16, Selkirk]

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

3 Assume Margaret Lockie Davidson [1921, 778/ 108, Selkirk]

4 Miss Moore must be an employee of Peter Smith of Tushielaw who was Tenant at Flockfield, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/312, Selkirk County, page 312 of 611]

5 Harkness is not identified, there is only one family with this name on the Valuation Rolls (at Curror Street) but is may be possible to make this identification when the 1921 Census is published early next year

6 Thomas Craig Brown, mill owner and historian of Selkirkshire, identifies Clockie or Clocksorrow as the rivulet that outflows the Haining Loch and which the Ordnance Survey (which names the feature as Clock Sorrow and its rivulet as Mill Burn) shows running along the east side of the old Haining house and northwards past the end of Woodburn’s garden; the Editor imagines that Dr Muir must be referring to a location in the vicinity of the Green, the Haining or the Castle – even conceivably Castle Street [sources: Craig-Brown, T. “Subterranean Passage near Selkirk.” The Scottish Antiquary, or, Northern Notes and Queries, vol. 7, no. 26, Edinburgh University Press, 1892, pp. 86–88, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25516544 and the Ordnance Survey 25 inch 2nd Edition Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, published 1899]

7 Mrs Kerr, Kilncroft is probably Marion Reid Thomson who married Francis William Kerr in 1919 at Mid Calder; he was Tenant Occupier of a house and garden Kilncroft, Selkirk [marriage, 1919, 694/ 21, Mid Calder; 1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-]

8 Nurse McDougal is presumably Mary Robertson Hawkins McDougall (1896-), District Nurse, born High Buckholmside, Galashiels but in 1921 recorded as staying at the Police Station at Yarrow [1921 Census].

9 James Hardie (about 1841-1922), ploughman (retired), was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 Valuation Roll; he was married to Margaret Nicholson (d.1926) and their son Robert Hardie, of Coachman’s Lodge, Bridgelands, by Selkirk was the informant at his death

10 George Heard, farmer, West Essenside, Ashkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611]

11 Charles James Whitehead Dixon (about 1867-1925), M.D., C.M., medical practitioner, of North Bridge Street, Hawick

12 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; it is not clear which model Dr Muir owned of this small motor manufacturer’s many products but it had been the ‘workhorse’ car for the practice since Dr Muir had acquired it some time before August 1914 [Source: Swift Models 1901-1931]

13 Marion Reid Kerr, later Tait (1921-2011) [1921, 778/ 109, Selkirk]

14 Robert Heard, born West Essenside, Ashkirk, 1920, son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914 [birth, 1920, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick]

15 There was a nasty outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever which had been running in Selkirk since the summer of 1921 and continued into 1922

16 Crissie Bell is not identified but Robert Bell, mill manager, was Tenant Occupier at Castle Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Rolls VR007900012-/157, Selkirk Burgh, page 157 of 644] and it is possible that he is Robert Davidson Bell and his wife is Christina (possibly Crissie) Govan Bell née Watson, married 1911, Selkirk [marriage, 1911, 778/ 10, Selkirk]; incidentally Dr Muir has spelled Crissie without an ‘h’ previously, cf. diary entry for 11 January 1920

17 It would be reasonable to assume that this was the Infectious Diseases Hospital out by the Selkirk Hills rather than the partnership’s Hospital at Mauldsheugh but Dr Muir appears to use the term hospital interchangeably

[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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