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

Not quite so cold. Sunny at first dull later: dry: calm N. to E. [wind]. Message to Bella Mitchell1, Newburgh. As I had to go to Drycleuchlee2 tomorrow I did them both. Motored in M.C.3 first to Bridgelands + then to Oakwoodmill, Singlie Inch, Newburgh + near to Redford Green from which it is not more than a mile to Drycleuchlee. It was to certify a congenital imbecile Thos. Graham4. Came back quickly in the M.C. to Ettrickbridgend + called for Kerr5. Message to Reid6, Co-op. store manager boy [?] with Scarlet.7

1 Assume Isabella Little Mitchell (1874-), born Ettrickbridge, daughter of James Mitchell, and Hellen Mitchell née Nichol, married November 1873 at Newburgh, Kirkhope, and still at Newburgh, 1911 Census, with her widowed father [776/2/4, page 4 of 7

2 Drycleuchlea or Drycleuchlee, grid reference NGR NT356,170, which Dr Muir has presumably reached via the track that runs east of West Redfordgreen, NT364,161, either parking there or on the road a little to the SSE, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII, published 1862

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

4 George Graham, farmer, was Tenant Occupier of a farm and house at Drycleuchlea, Kirkhope and in the 1911 Census the record for the Graham family at Drycleuchlea comprised George, aged 39, his mother Jemima, 76, sister Jane, 30, and brother Thomas, 36, who was described as “worker” and “feeble-minded” [Sources: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/320, Selkirk County, page 320 of 611; Census 1911 Graham, Thomas (Census 776/ 1/ 2) page 2 of 5]

5 John S Kerr, schoolmaster, was Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/374, Selkirk County, page 374 of 611]

6 Assume George Reid, managing secretary of the Selkirk Co-op. Society Ltd., store manager boy [?] with Scarlet [VR007900012-/102, Selkirk Burgh, page 102 of 644

7 The outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarletinac was evidently still running after a year

[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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