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

Calm dull cold day. Slow thaw. Had a smaller list today. Operated on Bella Currie1, Tait’s Hill for anal fissure under local anaesthesia + saw some other town cases walking + then motored to Goslaw Green, Curror Street, Forest Road, Cannon Street, Linglie Cottages + Farm + Kilncroft. Wrote report for Coop. Insurce Co. re J. Gill2 + wrote Tom Hardie3, Ayr. Wrote Mary4, Patons5, Jean6 + A. J. Milne7, Aberdeen〃8 rather than liquidator10. Helen10 had tea at Elmpark11.

1 Bella Currie, Tait’s Hill may be Isabella Currie the daughter of Archibald Currie, hosiery manufacturer, who is recorded in the 1911 Census at Hillside Terrace (just around the corner from Tait’s Hill) but this cannot be corroborated

2 The reference to J Gill is obscure though it may conceivably refer to James Gill, baker, who lived at 117 Forest Road, Selkirk

3 There is no reference to a Tom Hardie in Ayrshire that looks like a good match, though it may be possible to identify him when the 1921 Census is published later this year

4 Assume Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-1933), Dr Muir’s sister, married to James Wallace, living at Scotstoune, Haslemere, Surrey; thank you letters are being sent to a number of individuals for gifts on Dr Muir’s 77th birthday the day before

5 The Patons are Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), unmarried sisters who had flitted from Selkirk to Galashiels after the First World War

6 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

7 A J Milne is unidentified but there is a further reference to him and what appears to be a bankruptcy process and the defrauding of the Muir & Graham medical partnership in Dr Muir’s diary entry for 23 February 1922

8 The Editor assumes that Dr Muir has used a ditto to stand for Insurance Co., though the Aberdeen Insurance Co. has not been readily identified

9 The reference to the liquidator is as obscure as those earlier made to J Gill and insurance but the three must surely be connected

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

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

[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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