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

A lot of snow lying + a fall when I was dressing: most of it melted. Still cold N.E. Glass rising. Motored to Goslaw Green: Backrow, Forest Road, Howden (Reddington1), Oakwoodmill, Deuchar Mill, Yarrow Hall, Heatherlie, Hospital [and] Mavisbank. Wrote long letter to Wallace re the 2/Selkirk V.A.D.2 Called to see Minnie Brown3 about the presentation on Thursday. Letter from David 4 + wrote him. Letters from Jean5 + Mary6.

1 Michael Reddington, ploughman, Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Howden, Selkirk Parish [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/378, Selkirk County, page 378 of 611]

2 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 scheduled to award medals on 30th March at the Victoria Hall 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

3 Assume Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), daughter of Andrew Brown, hosiery manufacturer, who had a Hiring Factory around the corner in Tait’s Hill, and Wilhelmina Alexa Brown née Mackay. Teacher and nurse: prior to the First World War she was a school teacher. She left for Egypt September 1915; was part of the Selkirk Voluntary Aid Detachment of the British Red Cross Society and served until 29 May 1919. She was stationed at the Citadel Hospital, Cairo, 11 September 1915-13 April 1916 before she was moved to France where she served at the 11th Stationary Hospital from 15 July 1916

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

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

6 Mary cannot be identified with confidence but may be Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-1933), Dr Muir’s sister, married to James Wallace, living at Scotstoune, Haslemere, Surrey

[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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