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

Sunshine frost + snow! + infernally cold. What a Spring! Wallace1 left at 10.29. Have enjoyed his visit. It seems he knows Sandie McClure2 very well. Motored Raeburn Place, Forest Mill, Oakwoodmill + Peelburnfoot. Then walked to Backrow + Mavisbank + gave Mrs Waters3 her last dose of vaccine. Mrs Massie4 was confined at Viewfield. I was not in time for the birth but had to remove the placenta. Helen5 was at Viewfield for supper.

1 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 [source: https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/surgeon/3771473-david-wallace%5D

2 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), Advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle, and Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson; they lived at 16 Heriot Row, Edinburgh; his mother was a Logan, as was Dr Muir’s mother Marion Stewart Logan

3 If it is the correct reading then Mrs Waters is unidentified, though a John A Waters is recorded at a number of locations in Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll]; it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

4 Olive Reece Massie, born 31 March 1922 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, the daughter of Charles Alfred Massie, tweed manufacturer, domicile 29 Douglas Street, Galashiels, and Margaret Kilgour Massie née Scott; the parents had married 10 September 1918 at Selkirk

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

[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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