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

Gale subsided + wind moderated. S.W. Roads wonderfully dry but between 3 + 4 it began to rain + drizzled all evening. I cycled first to Hospital + Clifton Road + then to Wester Essenside1. I thought little Geo. Heard’s2 throat less like Diph.3 Was in house all afternoon + arranged names of V.A.D.4 to ask for subscription for Princess Mary’s marriage present5. Went to evening service + supped at Wellwood6.

1 Wester Essenside, Ashkirk, grid reference NGR NT442,201

2 George Heard junior (1917-2006), born April 1917, Wester Essenside, son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914, Hawick, he died aet 89, 2006, East Kilbride [birth, 1917, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick; death, 2006, 575/ 531, East Kilbride]

3 There was a prolonged outbreak of Diphtheria at Selkirk in 1921 and the Heard family had been among those involved

4 V.A.D. was the Voluntary Aid Detachment, the civilian unit providing nursing care for military personnel

5 Victoria Alexandra Alice ‘Mary’, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary; during the First World War Princess Mary made an enormous contribution to a number of welfare activities, many relating to women’s institutions such as the Girl Guide movement, the V.A.D.s, and the Land Girls, and she herself trained at a nurse from 1918, and prior to her marriage in February 1922 there was extensive fund-raising for a wedding present

6 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children

[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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