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

Hard frost + roads quite dry + bright morning: getting duller after 12 + then sleet + drizzle. Motored early to Riddell1 + arranged out bring the housemaid to Viewfield2, came back via Whitmuirhall + Castle Street. Then went down to Hospital, taking some parcels. Got nine contributions in money, fruit, cake + toys. Sim3 gave me £1 + Mrs S 10/-. I have got in money £2.15.0. Dined at Mauldsheugh4. Mrs Anderson5 there + Mr West6.

1 Riddell, Lilliesleaf, where Dr Muir had seen a housemaid with Haematemesis the day before, see diary entry for 23 December 1921

2 Viewfield, now part of the N.H.S. provision in Selkirk, had been acquired and renamed Viewfield Nursing Home by the Muir and Graham medical co-partnership in early 1920

3 Perhaps Robert Sim of Scott’s Place, Selkirk and his wife (unless this is how Dr Muir familiarly describes Robert Sim Muir (1882-1940), manufacturer, Proprietor Occupier at Mayland, Heatherlie, Selkirk and the brother-in-law of David Alexander)

4 Mauldsheugh, home of Dr David Charteris Graham and his wife but also functioned as a hospital for the Muir & Graham medical co-partnership

5 Mrs Anderson may be Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (about 1857-1936), widow of T Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws, daughter of Thomas Shaw of Wooriwyrite, Australia and Catherine Shaw née McLaughlin; her daughter Katherine Margaret Scott Anderson had married W H ‘Will’ Ogilvie

6 Mr West is not identified

[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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