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

Dull + mild & with one or two watery glints of sunshine. S.W. [wind] Walked to Halliday’s Park, Hospital, Bridgelands (where I found a boy Hardie1 desquamating2 + sent him to Hospital) + Goslawdales3. Had consultation with Pollok4 at County Building re Shankland’s trial tomorrow5, + walked up to Roseneuk6. Got some more work done at record cards. New basin turned up in dressing room but some joiner work still to do. They have taken the waste pipe outside instead of through the pantry. Helen7 was at a party in the afternoon at Mrs Lewis’8 [?].

1 Hardie is not identified

2 Desquamating is the peeling away of the skin

3 Goslawdales, Selkirk covers a lot of property and it is not possible to identify with confidence who Dr Muir was visiting

4 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk

5 Dugald Cowan Shankland, ship owner, and sometime of Whinfield, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire had hit and injured a young man Wilfred Lees whilst driving at Fairnilea on 11 August 1921

6 There appears to be an error on ScotlandsPeople but for many years William Norman Mellalieu (1887-1952), music teacher and organist, had been (and continued to be so until at least 1926) Proprietor Occupier of the house and garden ‘Roseneuk’, 1 The Glebe, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012- … …]

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

8 Mrs Lewis may be Wilhelmina Lewis née Currie (1882-1940), daughter of Robert Currie, woollen manufacturer, and Mary Currie née Murray; she had married, 1913, at Selkirk, James Lewis, bookseller and publisher

[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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