4 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another clear cold day with threating [sic] of snow + a very slight fall of fine hail in the forenoon which drifted along the dry roads like dust. N. [wind] Opened a whitlow for Ed. Macnamara1 + dressed Peter Metcalfe’s2 finger. Motored to Essenside + found Geo.3 better: then to Faldonside, Bridgelands + Hosp. Banked some money + was having a smoke after tea when at 4 I had to go to Yair to see Turnbull4 the Keeper’s child with a frac. rad. + afterwards between 6 + 7 I was called to see Mrs Mungo Smith5, Castle Street who had been struck on the nose by Mungo.

1 Edward ‘Ed’ Macnamara, carter and Tenant Occupier of a house at 50 Back Row, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/282, Selkirk Burgh, page 282 of 644]

2 This presumably refers to the Peter Metcalfe, sometimes Metcalf (1867-1927), who is to be found in the 1911 Census, aged 44, widowed and a gardener’s labourer, living at The Haining East Lodge with his mother Margaret Metcalfe née Binnie (about 1839-1914) and sisters Margaret ‘Maggie’ (1864-1914) and Sophia, later Paton (1871-1947) but not found in 1922 Valuation Roll – so perhaps living with Mary Hope Metcalfe née Simpson, widow, Tenant Occupier of a house at 48 Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, 1922
[sources: his birth, 1867, 778/ 22, Selkirk; his marriage, Metcalfe, Peter and Gibson, Mary Ann, 1900, 733/ 13, Coldstream; wife’s death, aged 33, 1901, 778/ 23, Selkirk; Census, 1891, 778/ 10/ 22, Selkirk; Census, 1901, 778/ 5/ 12, Selkirk, Page 12 of 27; death, Peter Metcalfe, 1927, 778/ 20, Selkirk]

3 George Heard junior (1917-2006), of Essenside, son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914, Hawick [birth, 1917, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick]

4 Assume James Hall Turnbull (1874-1961), gamekeeper, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Yair Stables, Caddonfoot
[sources: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/306, Selkirk County, page 306 of 611; birth, James Hall Turnbull, 1874, 801/ 14, Morebattle; 1901 Census, Morebattle, 801/ 3/ 5, page 5 of 6; death, James Hall Turnbull, died aet 86, 1961, 778/ 29, Selkirk]

5 Assume Catherine Stark, power loom weaver and wife of Mungo Smith, journeyman slater, of Castle Street, Selkirk; sometime of Ashybank, Selkirk, they had married 1895, Selkirk [marriage, 1895, 778/ 44, Selkirk]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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