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

Frost holding: dull calm day. Began to snow very fine hail about 3 + continued gradually larger flakes: hardly a breath of wind. Frost seemed less at night. Motored down Forest Road + up to Ettrick Shaws (Henry’s1 boil) + Ettrickbridgend. Gave Madge O.2 a lift down to village. At Viewfield Jas. Heatlie’s tonsillectomy3. Met Dr McIntosh, Med. Ref.4 at Eliz. Murray, Dovecot5. Saw some town cases + after tea walked to Wellwood, Bridgelands + Hospital. Letter from Pat6. H.7 + Mrs Mack8 at “Paddy The Next Best Thing” 9. Helen paid accounts.

1 This may refer to Adam Henry, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Ettrick Shaws, Kirkhope, 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-

2 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

3 There are three individuals named James Heatlie in the Selkirk Valuation Rolls 1922

4 The meaning of the allusion to a Medical Ref. (possibly Rep.) is not clear

5 Assume Jane Murray, widow, Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at 32 Dovecot Park, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/131, Selkirk Burgh, page 131 of 644]

6 Assume Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

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

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

9 ‘Paddy the Next Best Thing’ (sometimes ‘Paddy-The-Next-Best-Thing’) is a 1908 romantic comedy novel by the British writer Gertrude Page (1872-1922); Helen and Mrs Mack must have seen a theatrical version

[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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