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

Saw a dandelion + some celandine on the roadside beyond Caddonfoot on Friday. No green on the hedges yet + grass going back.

Sharp hoar frost. Brilliant sunshine almost continuous. Very calm N. to N.W. Message to Joyce Dees1, Faldonside. Cycled to Forest Road, Gib. + Lum. [Gibson & Lumgair, St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk], Faldonside [and] Peelburnfoot. In afternoon arranged town accounts for delivery. Forgot message to Hardie2, Bridglands + Jo. Mitchell3 (Brit. Lin. Bank Mitchell) Bridge Street + cycled there in evening. Walked down to see Rob. Scott4, Mavisbank after dinner + found he had died at 3! Helen5 was taking part in a “Brownie Concert” in Church Hall in aid of Save the Children Fund6.

1 Edith ‘Joyce’ Dees, later Beath (1908-1995), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson of Faldonside

2 Perhaps James Hardie (about 1841-1922) of Bridgelands Lodge by Selkirk who was suffering from heart disease and senile debility (other members of the Hardie family stayed at Bridgelands so the identification cannot be definitive)

3 John Mitchell has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

4 Robert Scott (1895-1922), woollen mill clerk and husband of Matilda Douglas Marshall died 6 April 1922 at 4a Mavisbank, Selkirk, aged 26, of “Pulmonary Tuberculosis 2 years” certified by John S Muir M.B.; he was the son of Andrew Scott, woollen mill foreman, and Janet Scott née Affleck

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

6 The ‘Save the Children Fund’ started by Eglantyne Jebb, London, 1919

[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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