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

David1 was in Edin. with Mrs Burns-Lindow2. I motored to Philiphaugh Stables + Philipburn. I saw a terrible change in Mrs Ballard3 who had a shock some time ago. Came round by Hospital +c. Louise + Nancy4 looked in. The former returned from school this morning. Helen5 went to Edin. at 10.29 to stay till tomorrow with Jean6. Greenhill Farm Steading7 was burned at night.

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

2 Madelaine Harriette Mary Theresa Burns-Lindow née Boileau (1869-1948), wife of Isaac William Burns-Lindow

3 Assume Julia Mary Ballard née Anderson (about 1838-1922), of Philipburn, Selkirk

4 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and Louise’s mother

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

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

7 Dr Muir was incorrect, it was Greenhead (not Greenhill) Farm, Selkirk, proprietor James Toner Hay of Blackhall Castle, Banchory, tenants James Oliver and Angus Barton Oliver, grid reference NGR NT491,294, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIII, published 1863; the Southern Reporter 22 December 1921 reported that the fire was notified around 10 p.m. from which time farm workers and many “enthusiastic volunteers from Selkirk” organised themselves into bands of firefighter and limited the fire’s spread, though the barn was destroyed along with corn, straw and machinery, total value £1,000, and unfortunately the Selkirk Fire Brigade did not arrive until “about midnight” after problems finding horses for their engine [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

[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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