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

Clear dry frosty day + roads good. Mrs Mitchell1 died at Viewfield this morning. D.2 + I at Wellwood removed Tim’s3 adenoids under gas. I motored to Ettrickbridgend (Mitchell4 + Adamson5), Woodend, Kirkhope, Gilkeekit + Beechwood + after tea walked to Curror Street + Hospital. Matron came back yesterday. Her sister is doing well6. Helen7 + Mrs Mack8 went to the P. H. [Picture House] where the Battle of Jutland is being shown9.

1 Agnes Waugh Mitchell née Tait (about 1876-1922), the wife of Thomas Henry Cook Michell, baker, died 12 January 1922, aged 46, at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, usual residence 10 The Green, Selkirk, cause of death “septic pneumonia, six days”, death certified by “John S Muir M.B. +c” [1922, 778/ 4, Selkirk]

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson

4 Miss Sarah Mitchell was an Occupier of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope and was also Proprietor of a house at Forest Road, Selkirk; she was Sarah Mitchell (about 1843-1926), unmarried daughter of Thomas Mitchell, joiner, and Margaret Mitchell née Bryden [sic] [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/320, Selkirk County, page 320 of 611; and 1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/166, Selkirk Burgh, page 166 of 644]

5 Adamson may refer to either William Macfarlane Anderson, journalist, Proprietor Occupier or Jane Anderson, widow, Tenant Occupier at Ettrickbridgend, 1921 [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/322, Selkirk County, page 322 of 611]

6 Matron and her sister are not identified

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

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

9 The Battle of Jutland (1921), a documentary by the Ideal Film Company, director H Bruce Woolfe; a reconstruction of the First World War naval battle of 31 May 1916 when the Royal Navy lured the German fleet into a trap, incurred significant losses itself but won a strategic victory because the engagement “confirmed British naval dominance and secured its control of shipping lanes, allowing Britain to implement the blockade that would contribute to Germany’s eventual defeat in 1918.” [sources: British Film Institute ‘The Battle of Jutland (1921)’ and Imperial War Museum ‘What Was The Battle Of Jutland?’]

[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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