5 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Hard frost + the slush of yesterday frozen. Walking unpleasant though not dangerous. Glass [barometer] high + rising S. to S.W., calm, sunless. Did my work walking + was not at church. Only 2 messages viz. Mrs Hall1 + Mrs Geo. Douglas2, Chapel Street both with high temp 103 + 104. Jack3 + Miss Wallace4 came to supper. Ordered 120 galls. petrol from the Petrol Users’ Society now re-organised as the British Petrol + Motor Equipment Society Ltd.5

1 Mrs Hall is unidentified

2 Mrs Douglas, Chapel Street is unidentified; there were two individuals named George Douglas living a few doors apart, one a millworker, the other a spinner [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/309, Selkirk Burgh, page 309 of 644]

3 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law, husband of Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

4 Miss Wallace is not identified but may be one of the Muir & Graham medical partnership’ employees; it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published this year

5 British Petrol & Motor Equipment Company Ltd., registered 1921, took over the undertaking and assets of the Petrol Users’ Society Ltd. for “80,559 fully-paid shares of £1 and discharge of liabilities”; details are hard to find but the Register of Defunct Companies notes that “… Realised assets insufficient to satisfy debenture holders. Struck off register 1929 …”

[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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