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

Message to William Mitchellhill1, Newburgh2. Motored up there first thing + called at Oakwoodmill for Mrs Barton3. Then I went out to Whitmuirhall + found Willie + Mrs C4 better. Helen5 had Miss Dunn6, Nurse Finlay7 + Miss Watson8 (Jack’s nurse at Viewfield9) for tea. Miss Taylor10, Mountbenger School called to consult me. David11 called about Income Tax return. He has been seeing Chapman12. Flitted back to my dressing room the new basin being finished but there is still a shelf to be fitted + that wood varnished + painted.

1 William Mitchellhill is not identified there in 1921 but may be the individual recorded, aged 13, at Innerleithen, 1911 [Census Return 762/1 4/ 18, Innerleithen]

2 Newburgh, Kirkhope Parish, approximate grid reference NGR NT323,199, is roughly midway between Gilmanscleuch and Tushielaw / Crossley

3 Assume Rebecca or Rebekah Monti Garden Barton née Grant (1867-1932), wife of Andrew Barton, farmer; born at Moulin, Perthshire, married 1892 at Stirling, their older children born in Stirlingshire and Perthshire, at Oakwoodmill Farmhouse [1901 Census and 1920 Valuation Roll], she survived pneumonia and died aet 65 in 1932, at Upper Tofts, Cavers

4 William ‘Willie’ Cochrane, gardener, and Janet Austin Cochrane née Mair of Whitmuirhall

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

6 Assume Hyndmer Rutherford ‘Miss’ Dunn (about 1843-1922), daughter of John Dunn, chemist & druggist, and Hyndmer Rutherford Dunn née Hewat, and brother of Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn; she was Tenant Occupier of a house at 13 High Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/113, Selkirk Burgh, page 113 of 644]

7 Nurse Finlay has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published early next year

8 Nurse Watson has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published early next year

9 This is presumably John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior, Dr Muir’s son-in-law, but the reference to Viewfield is not clear

10 Miss Jessie Taylor, teacher, Mountbenger School and tenant at the schoolhouse, Mountbenger [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

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

12 Perhaps Pike & Chapman, solicitors, Galashiels

[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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