3 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dark misty morning: + all day though the thick mist dispersed, the sun never came out. It was mild + fair. There had been some rain, however, early. Walked to Clifton Road, Hospital +c. + gave Bella Currie1, Tait’s Hill, chlor[oform] for curetting.

Programme Whist Party at the Firs2. Drove there + back with Mrs Mackintosh3. Charlie Roberts4 + I were a dead heat for the booby prize.

1 Bella Currie is not yet identified with confidence but Isabella Cunningham Currie (1885-), daughter of Archibald Currie, hosiery manufacturer, and Agnes Currie née Cunningham, lived with her family at Hillside Terrace, Selkirk (just around the corner from Tait’s Hill), in the 1911 Census; it may be possible to confirm this identification when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 The Firs, Selkirk was home to the Smith family: Patrick Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute, Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943), Ralph Colley Smith (1891-1957), Alice Barbara Stewart Smith (1892-1970), Edith Margaret Smith, later Wilson (1896-1976), Herbert Shaw Smith (1897-1917) and Constance Harper Smith (1900-1977)

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

4 Assume Charles Henry ‘Charlie’ Roberts (1877-1954), born New Zealand, tweed manufacturer, at Mauldsheugh, Selkirk, 1911 Census, ‘manufacturer’, at Thornfield, 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk, 1919 and 1922 Valuation Rolls [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/260, Selkirk Burgh, page 260 of 644]Married, 1903, Wilton, Roxburghshire, Euphemia Cranston Greenwood [1903, 789/2 42, Wilton; according to Charlie’s nephew, Stewart Muir Roberts, “… as chance would have it my, my Uncle Charlie, who was my father’s brother, took ill in 1935 and had to retire and my father asked me to stay on at Forest Mill to look after the spinning and wool buying interests of the company at the time and to take part in the directorship of the, the directors of the … of the mill.” [Scottish Borders Archives SBA/158/37]”

[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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