1 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

What an April morning! Frost, everything white with Snow + brilliant Sunshine. However the snow all went away + by evening there was none to be seen, about the town I mean. It wasn’t so cold. Gave little Dav. Rutherford1 Chlor[oform] + opened a mastoid abscess. Tapped a patellar bursitis for Ad. Scott2, Heatherlie. Motored to Shawburn, Sprot Homes3, Lilliesleaf, Cotfield4 + Hermiston5 in the M. C.6 + so got over the ground quickly. Then down to Mavisbank, Hospital, Dunsdalehaugh + Riverside. Had a grand salmon steak for breakfast, purveyed by Mrs Mack7.

1 Perhaps the David Rutherford who was born 1915 at Selkirk [births, 1915, 778/ 57, Selkirk]

2 Assume Adam Scott, blacksmith, Tenant Occupier of a smithy at 24 Heatherlie Terrace, Selkirk but if Dr Muir is referring to the Heatherlie area then there is at least one other Adam Scott [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/347, Selkirk Burgh, page 347 of 644]

3 A group of houses at Lilliesleaf known as Miss Frances Sprot Homes provided by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

4 Cotfield, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NT532,226, is near Harelaw and just south of the Drove Road which heads in a generally ENE direction from the intersection at Harden Cottage just south of Esdalelaw, crosses the A7 at Grundistone Heights and eventually leads to St Boswells, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIX, published 1863

5 Hermiston, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT512,230, Andrew Stewart, proprietor and James Lambert Elliot, farmer, tenant of Hermiston farm and houses, with William Laidlaw, farm steward and William Jackson, ploughman, inhabitant occupiers not rated at two of the Hermiston houses [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011600033-/884, Roxburgh County, page 884 of 993 and Ordance Survey 6” Roxburghshire Sheet n XII & n XIIa, published 1924]

6 M. C. is the Morris Cowley, purchased by the medical partnership in February 1922

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

[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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