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

Clear calm sunny day with a little frost which looked like increasing at night. Cycled via Curror Street + Hospital to Sunderland to see a lad Richardson1 whom Menzies2 had certified yesterday but I found him quite well. Came back to County Buildings for Shankland’s trial3 but Pollok4 didn’t call me till after 2.30. My evidence was really unnecessary. Then I cycled out to Whitmuirhall to see Mrs Cochrane5 with a suspicious throat + Willie also had it. Called for Dunlop6. Letter from Jean7 very depressed. Helen8 had tea party. New basin in dressing room looking already [sic].

1 Richardson has not been identified

2 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M., M.D., medical practitioner, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk

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

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

5 Janet Austin Cochrane née Mair (1883-1960), woollen darner, had married, July 1915 at Galashiels Parish Manse, William ‘Willie’ Cochrane, gardener, of Whitmuirhall, he was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Whitmuirhall, Selkirk [sources: Janet’s birth, 1883,775/ 255, Galashiels, and death, 1960, 778/ 51, Selkirk; 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

6 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk

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

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

[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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