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

Frosty: snow fell from 8 till 12. Then it was on the [illegible] of thaw but not decidedly. Walked round town from 10.15 till 3.15. Dav Saw some 34 people. David1 went to Thirlestane Police St.2 but ‘Phoned from there that he taken [sic] so long that he wanted me to hire3 + go to Lilliesleaf which I did but when starting at 4 got message to Palfrey, Broomfield4 (retention). Motored in closed car there + then to Lilliesleaf, Hermiston5 + Synton Mill6, getting home at 7.45. Helen7 went to Edinburgh with Mrs Mack8 till Monday.

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

2 Thirlestane Police Station, grid reference NGR NT277,147, visible on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII.SW, published 1900, and shown as Thirlestane Cottage on modern OS Landranger Series

3 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnership regularly hired cars from Bryson’s

4 Charles Alexander Palfrey (1852-1923), woollen dyer, sometime of Broomfield, Station Haugh, Selkirk

5 Hermiston, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT512,230, Andrew Stewart, proprietor and James Lambert Elliot, farmer, tenant of Hermiston farm and houses, with William Laidlaw, farm steward and William Jackson, ploughman, inhabitant occupiers not rated at two of the Hermiston houses [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011600033-/884, Roxburgh County, page 884 of 993 and Ordance Survey 6” Roxburghshire Sheet n XII & n XIIa, published 1924]

6 Synton Mill, Ashkirk, grid reference NT498,231, Tenant Occupier of one house was the “representatives of William Grieve, farmer” (1921 and 1922) and Inhabitant Occupier not rated Alexander Lindores, ploughman (1921) and Adam Short, ploughman (1922)
[sources: 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/301, Selkirk County, page 301 of 6111922, 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/353, Selkirk County, page 353 of 611 and Ordance Survey 6” Roxburghshire Sheet n XII & n XIIa, published 1924]

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

[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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