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

Frost continues: wind much less + at night a dead calm: cloudy all day. Saw a town list of 12 before noon + then cycled to Hospital + Bridgelands. Got new Driving licence Motor licence + stamped Baptie’s1 Insur[an]ce + unemployment cards + Bella’s2 Insur[an]ce card. Helen3 had a party at in the evening viz. 5 Wellwooders4: 2 Thornfields5: Roy + Joyce Dees6: Crissie Brown7 (Philiphaugh Farm, Ethel Pollok8 + Mrs Mack9.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

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

4 Wellwooders 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)

5 The Thornfields are presumably Charles Henry ‘Charlie‘ Roberts (1877-1954), tweed manufacturer and brother of John Roberts junior, and whichever of his children – Euphemia Kathleen Roberts (1905-), George Roberts (1907-) and Louisa Florence Roberts (1909-) – were at home; his wife Euphemia Cranston ‘Fairy’ Roberts née Greenwood had died in 1916

6 Robert Irwin Richardson ‘Roy’ Dees (1904-about 1988) and Edith Joyce Dees, later Beath (1908-1995), two of the children of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, sometime of Faldonside, Galashiels

7 Christina Brown has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published early next year – John Brown, farmer, was Tenant of “part farm and house” Philiphaugh [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/325, Selkirk County, page 325 of 611]

8 Assume Ethel Pollok (1892-1934), daughter of John Pollok, lawyer and procurator fiscal, and Jane Pollok née MacLaurin or McLaurin; she was born Selkirk, and died 13 Dec 1934, aged 41, at Marylebone Registration District [Marylebone 1a 625], at which time she was noted as of “2 Nottingham Place, Marylebone and Craigallan, Selkirk”], probate 1 Feb 1935

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