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

Quite mild + later S.E. A great deal of snow disappeared last night + walking was quite easy. There was a glint of sun in the afternoon, the first for a week. I was not out of town except at Buxton1. Mrs Hill, Ashybank2 + Mrs. Geo. Scott, Dunsdale3 both a shade better. Mrs Douglas4, Viewfield was collapsed this morning but improved at night. Lamb5 the barber very ill, spent the afternoon at day-books. No church. Supped at Wellwood6. Mrs Mack’s brother7 + Jack8 there.

1 Buxton may refer to the property of that name or to the Infectious Diseases Hospital nearby, both at the north eastern end of the Selkirk Hills, approximate grid reference NGR NT483,286

2 James Hill, weaver, was Tenant of a house at Ashybank, Selkirk, and he and his wife Helen Blackhall Hill née Chisholm were recorded living there in the 1911 Census with three nieces staying [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/320, Selkirk Burgh, page 320 of 644; her birth 1872, 778/53, Selkirk]

3 George Scott, Dunsdale is unidentified

4 Assume Annie Douglas née Davidson whose son George Huntley Douglas was born 28 January 1922 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk

5 Robert Lamb, hairdresser, of 3 Tower Street, Selkirk

6 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, was the home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

7 Mrs Mackintosh’s brother must be Thomas William Watson (1864-1935), J.P., solicitor and by 1922 only surviving son of Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet and Agnes Simpson; he was a Writer to the Signet (W.S.) at Edinburgh and lived at Neilsland, Hamilton, Lanarkshire

8 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner, three-time Provost of Selkirk and Dr Muir’s son-in-law, later knighted “for political and public services

[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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