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

There was no more snow during the night or today but everything was thickly covered. There must be fully 4 inches. The frost was less keen, in fact the snow melted here + there where sheltered. There was no sunshine. I gave Florence Roberts1, Thornfield, gas while D.2 removed her tonsils. Then I cut a drain in Mary Walker’s3 neck + it was 3 before I got tea. Baptie4 in bed + I saw him twice. Temp. at night 101.8. After dinner saw old Mrs Tait, Backrow5.

1 Florence Roberts, Thornfield – assume Louisa Florence Roberts, later Macfarlane (1909-1988), daughter of Charles Henry Roberts, tweed manufacturer, and Euphemia Cranston Roberts née Greenwood, formerly of Mauldsheugh but by 1919 at Thorncroft, 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk – the children were cousins of the Wellwooders, Dr Muir’s grandchildren

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

3 Perhaps Mary Walker who died in Selkirk in 1927 of TB of the lungs

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

5 ‘Old’ Mrs Tait, Backrow is probably Mary Tait née Douglas (about 1847-1929), died 2 February 1929 at Back Row, Selkirk, the widow of David Tait, farm labourer; Mary was the daughter of Andrew Douglas, farm labourer, and Elizabeth Douglas née Douglas and had stayed at 19 Back Row from at least 1921 [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/147, Selkirk Burgh, page 147 of 644]

[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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