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

It snowed the whole day very small powdery snow. Fortunately there was only a slight (Southerly) wind so that the drifting was moderate. The frost held but only slightly. Helen1 kept her bed but was better + took some food. I did a lot walking. Made 26 calls for 23 people including Hospital + Ladylands2 where there was a message to see Walt. Brydon3. Saw Jo. Egan4, Forest Road, 3? (pneumonia) + Baptie 2? 5 6. David7 was at a Confinement at Gamescleuch8 early this morning + in the afternoon went to Lilliesleaf, Benrig9, Yair +c.

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

2 Ladylands, Selkirk where, when he received a call (see footnote 3), Dr Muir may have been visiting one or more of Mary Johnstone, widow and Proprietrix in liferent of a house; John Taylor, engineman and Inhabitant Occupier of a house and stable; William Smith, plasterer and Tenant at the Old Tollhouse; or possibly an employer or worker at the Selkirk Burgh slaughterhouses [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011700009-/386, Selkirk County, page 386 of 611 and VR007900012-/358, Selkirk Burgh, page 358 of 644]

3 Walter Brydon, poultry farmer and Proprietor of a house and land and house and garden at Ladylands [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/334, Selkirk County, page 334 of 611]

4 John William Egan (1889-1922), blastfurnaceman and general labourer, was Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at 99 Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/163, Selkirk Burgh, page 163 of 644], and married to Margaret Brown Young

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

6 The two superscipt annotations indicating ordinals are (so far) unidentified but do not look like ‘th’

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

8 Gamescleuch, Ettrick, the baby being Grace Alma Taylor [1922, 774/B 2, Ettrick]

9 Benrig is at St Boswells, outwith Dr Muir’s area

[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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