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

Dull up till midday + then a glorious clear sharp sunny day. David1 came up + we talked over things. Mrs Johnstone2, Forest Road, widow of the Slater + Mrs Bell3, Chapel Place: died last week. D. told me that Viewfield Lodge is to let + we offered for it for night nurses. I saw some town cases + cycled to Yair (Turnbull) + Peelburnfoot returning by Bridge St. Mills + Hospital. Had a big crowd in at night. Had an extraordinary letter from Gladys Tait4 (daughter of the late Thomas Tait) who is a gymnastics teacher at Peebles asking for a loan of £30. I replied declining.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 Margaret Johnstone née Redpath, widow of John Johnstone, slater, died 9 March 1922 at 123 Forest Road, Selkirk, aged 75, certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; she was the daughter of John Redpath, farm servant, and Agnes Redpath née Wightman

3 Margaret Bell née McLiskie, widow of John Bell, plumber, died 6 March 1922 at 3 Chapel Place, Selkirk, aged 75, certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; she was the daughter of James McLiskie, rope and sail manufacturer, and Isabella McLiskie née Abbey

4 Mary Gladys Tait (1897-1982), the daughter of Thomas Tait (died 1918), tweed manufacturer, and Annie Louisa Tait née Pordige; born Blairlogie, Stirlingshire, she was at Rowanbank, Selkirk with her family in the 1901 and 1911 Census, and died March Quarter 1982, at Poole, Dorset

[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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