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

Bright sunshine just for a short time + then mist all round though not dense. Ver calm E [wind]. Cycled to Rosemount1 + then to Singlee Inch to see Robert Laidlaw2 who though only 56 has got too stiff to work. Met the visiting committee at the Hospital with Kennedy3 + Dittmar4 about the quarantine [illegible]. Wrote Jean5, Rennie6 + Scott Plummer7, the latter to tell him that Wallace8 was going to present the War Service medals. Mrs Mack9 gave a lovely salmon steak for breakfast this morning. Letter from Patrick10.

1 Mrs Pattison, referred to as at Rosemount the day before, is not identified; the Kirkpatrick family was at Rosemount so that would suggest she was a servant, it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Robert Laidlaw, roadman, was tenant at [Singlie] Inch, Kirkhope [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/372, Selkirk County, page 372 of 611]

3 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.H. and Medical Officer of Health and School Medical Officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924

4 Assume Frederick Dittmar (1869-1934), M.D., D.P.H., Medical Officer to the Scottish Board of Health, later the Department of Health for Scotland [birth, 1869, 685/5 246, Newington; death, Sep Quarter 1934, Dittmar, Frederick, Newbury 2c 258; obituary, “Dr. Frederick Dittmar.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3839, BMJ, 1934, pp. 236–236, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25321903.%5D

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

6 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and widower of Catherine Stewart Muir, thus Dr Muir’s brother in law; living at Prestwick, Ayrshire

7 Assume Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), of Middlestead, and Sunderland Hall, J.P.; Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirk 1919-1948; the Editor imagines that Scott Plummer would have expected an event like this to be given to him

8 Sir David Wallace (1862-1952), KBE, CBE, CMG., LL.D, FRCSEd. medical practitioner and British Red Cross Commissioner for the South East District of Scotland, was invited to award medals at the Victoria Hall on 30th March to members of the 2nd Selkirkshire Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) for their war service [sources: ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s Presentation of Medals’, The Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922; https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/surgeon/3771473-david-wallace%5D

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

10 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

[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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