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

A cold dull day but dry. Some snow lying on roofs + plenty on hills. [illegible] N.E. Message to Miss Cormack1 of Sprot Homes2 who had a shock in … garden. Motored there. Called at Rockville3 + then motored Forest Road, Heather… + Ravenscleugh (Steedman4 was 87 on Feb. 6th) after lunch motored to Hospital, Bridgelands (Charlotte5), Peelburnfoot, Linglie Cottages + Ettrickhaugh Road. Made out list of V.A.D.s medalists for tomorrow’s ceremony6.

1 Miss Cormack has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Sprot Homes refers to the homes provided at Lilliesleaf by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

3 Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, of Rockville, Selkirk; the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

4 John Steedman (about 1835-1922), retired solicitor and widower of Janet Hunter Swan, died 6 June 1922, aet 86, at Ravensheugh, Selkirk, death certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B. [1922, 778/ 49, Selkirk]

5 Assume Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-), at Bridgelands, Selkirk, 1901 Census and wartime V.A.D. at Bowhill [SBA/657/20/48]; the Southern Reporter later noted that she was a Red Cross VAD “with over 1000 hours’ voluntary service” in an article ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922]

6 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

[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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