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

Dry cold: hard frost: sunless red sunrise: snowing at night. Did a round walking in forenoon + motoring in afternoon to Tower Street, Greenhead1, Buxton2, Forest Road + Linglie Cottages. Crowd at night. Helen3 at Picture Ho. with Mrs Mack4. Bessie Patrick5 is going to Connie Patrick6 at Crieff so Helen can remain at home. Had letters from Tim + Stewart7 with birthday Congrats.

1 Greenhead farm, just north of the Selkirk Hills on the minor road heading from Scott’s Place towards Shawmount, visible on Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW, published 1900

2 Buxton, under the Selkirk Hills, may well refer to the Infectious Diseases Hospital, grid reference NGR NT485,287, and visible on Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW, published 1900; however the Editor has not yet been able to establish key dates but for the first quarter of the 19th Century two isolation units are shown on the relevant Ordnance Survey sheets, the larger hospital described as Infectious Diseases Hospital, Mortuary etc No. 6a Bleachfield Road and a smaller unit described as Small Pox Hospital Selkirk Hills [cf. 1914 Valuation Roll, VR007900011-/28, Selkirk Burgh, page 28 of 786 and 1914 Valuation Roll, VR007900011-/138, Selkirk Burgh, page 138 of 786]; further research is required

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

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

5 Elizabeth Maud ‘Bessie’ Patrick (1881-1945), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

6 Constance Mary ‘Connie’ Patrick (1882-1968), sister of Elizabeth Patrick

7 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005) and Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), two of Dr Muir’s grandsons

[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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