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

A good [illegible] Sou’ Wester + very mild. It had quite died out at night. I motored to Wellwood1 to see Tim2: then to Hospital, Bridge Street, Heathpark3, Essenside (where Mr Heard 4 had a sore throat), Synton Mill5 + after lunch to Whitmuirhall (Mrs Cochrane6 all right). Helen + I dined at Wellwood, the only other guests being Mr McEdward7, Lawson’s 8 assistant [and] Mrs Mackintosh9. We had a very merry evening.

1 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk was the home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

2 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s youngest grandchild

3 It is not clear which of a number of properties Dr Muir attended at Heathpark (Heath Park in the Valuation Rolls)

4 George Heard, farmer, was Tenant at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611]

5 Synton Mill, Ashkirk

6 Janet Austin Cochrane née Mair (1883-1960), wife of William ‘Willie’ Cochrane of Whitmuirhall, for more information see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 23 December 1921

7 Mr McEdward appears to be the Reverend Lachlan MacEdward (1891-), born Inch, Kingussie and Inch Parish, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, son of Jessie McEdward, educated Kingussie Higher Grade Public School and later served with 14th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders [see attestation papers]; he was recorded in 1921 as “The Reverend Lachlan McEdwards, Selkirk Parish Church” [Southern Reporter] and in 1940, aet 49, a Church of Scotland minister, travelling from Bombay, India to Kingussie aboard SS Strathnaver, Peninsula and Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd

8 Assume the Reverend George Lawson (1859-1937), M.A., Church of Scotland minister at Selkirk about 1902-about 1930

9 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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