7 December 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Some sunshine up till about 2 or 3 when it got dark + there was slight rain. Very pleasant in forenoon. Helen’s1 birthday but I forgot till she reminded me. Heard’s little kid aet 7 mo died at the Hospital at 4 this morning2. Dav.3 curretted Mrs Bryson, Rosemount4. Saw 13 cases + Hospital. Helen walked to Fairnilea5 with Nancy6 and sampled her new boots which I gave her last week7. Baptie8 was distributing accounts. Cleared out dressing room for plumbers9.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

2 Janet Louisa Heard, born 1921, Selkirk, died 7 December 1921 at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, of “Diphtheria 4 days” certified by John S Muir M.B.; she was the daughter of Walter Heard and May Heard née Avery, and he was Tenant Occupier of a house at 45 Castle Street, Selkirk [sources: birth, [778/ 40, Selkirk; death, 1921, 778/ 83, Selkirk; 1920 Valuation Roll]

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

4 Mrs Bryson is not identified but Rosemount, then No. 30 Hillside Terrace (now No. 28), was the home of James Kirkpatrick, wool agent; if this is correct then Mrs Bryson must surely be a relative or a member of staff but one must add the caveat of the danger of over-reliance on house names [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/141, Selkirk Burgh, page 141 of 644]

5 Fairnilee, Caddonfoot, where Alexander Fowler Roberts (1234-1234), xxx, was Proprietor of the mansion house of Fairnilee and property at Fairnilee, Rink, Calfshaw and Robin’s Nest [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/309, Selkirk County, pages 308 and 309 of 611]

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

7 Dr Muir had bought his daughter a pair of boots on their way home from Frederick Pike’s funeral in Edinburgh, see diary entry for 29 November 1921

8 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

9 Dr Muir was having a sink installed in his dressing room

[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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