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

Dull cold morning. I cycled only to Faldonside (Katie Duff1) to get back in time for operations at Viewfield at 11. It began to rain as I got to Faldonside + was pretty wet when I got back. I had to get my coat dried at Viewfield. It poured all the day after with sleet at times. There were 2 cases of appendicitis+ a girl with [illegible]. I changed before lunch + after it motored to Philipburn, Peelburnfoot, Nest + Hospital. Took Helen2, Mrs Mack3 + Agnes Durnford4 to the Picture Ho. to see the Grand National5 – a very good film.

1 Kath, Cath or Katie Duff was house tablemaid at Faldonside, see 7 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir

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

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

4 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976), Mrs Mackintosh’s daughter

5 There is a good chance that Dr Muir’s party saw the British Pathé film of the 1922 Grand National which survives and may be seen here: Grand National 1922 At Aintree 1922 (be aware that there is a distressing scene on this film)

[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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