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

Yarrow Church burned last night or rather early this morning1

A dry but very cold day: dry, fresh + the [illegible] is frozen: keen N. to N.E. wind. Intended only going to Peelburnfoot but Dav.2 asked me to give gas at Clark Dentist’s3 to have a tooth extracted at 12. Before that I ran down to Halliday’s Park, Ettrick Road, Heather Mill + Hospital. From Clark’s I cycled to Peelburnfoot + Nest. Did some more tidying in my room. Helen4 had Miss Campbell5 to tea + a walk to Haining.

1 Yarrow Kirk was “seriously damaged by fire on Easter Sunday 1922, but rebuilt the following year, largely as it had emerged from the 1906 renovation.” [https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/selkirk/yarrowkirk/index.html]

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Assume Thomas Raeburn ‘T Raeburn’ Clark (1879-1943), dental surgeon, at 8 The Green, Selkirk, and of Ettrickbridge, 1920 Valuation Roll; married to Isabella Watson, he died, 9 July 1943, aged 63, at 153 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh, usual residence Elburn, Ettrickbridge

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

5 If the reading ‘Miss’ is correct then Miss Campbell may be the Viewfield night nurse who went with Dr Muir, Mrs Mackintosh (and possibly Helen Muir) to a performance of ‘The Creation’ on 23 March 1922

[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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