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

Another day like yesterday but less clear + rather more S.E. wind. Continuous sunshine: hoar frost in morning. Saw Mrs Lawrie1, Market Place + at Thornfield gave Geo. Roberts2 Gas while D.3 removed tonsils + adenoids + also Miss Falconer4 for an abscess on her toe. Cycled to Peelburnfoot, Bank, Mill Street, Ettrick Mill + Hospital + later to Peelburnfoot + Gala where I attended meeting of Panel Comttee at which Menzies5, Tyrell6, Henderson7, McKay8 + Dav. were present. Dined at Elmpark9 + had to doctor little Alastair Napier10 who had a temp. of 101.8.

1 Mrs Lawrie is unidentified though it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year; she may be Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Laurie, wife of Robert Laurie (about 1851-1931), ironmonger, of Market Place and Fernlea, Anderson Road, Selkirk

2 Perhaps George Roberts (1907-1934), son of Charles Henry Roberts, tweed manufacturer, and Euphemia Cranston Roberts née Greenwood, formerly of Mauldsheugh but by 1919 at Thornfield , 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk; their children were cousins of the Wellwooders, Dr Muir’s grandchildren

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

4 Miss Falconer is unidentified though it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

5 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M. Edin., 1894, M.D., 1902, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk

6 Edward Munro Tyrrell (c.1862-1940), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, of Wellwood, Galashiels

7 Percy James Henderson (1871-1935), M.B., CM (Ed.), 1896, medical practitioner, at Church Street, Galashiels in 1921 and 1924 but for some reason not noted in the 1922 or 1923 Valuation Rolls

8 McKay is unidentified (as he was in Dr Muir’s 24 June 1921 diary entry) though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

9 Elmpark, Selkirk, home of Dr Muir’s friend Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946) who, as a Watson was related to Alastair Napier

10 Assume Alastair John George Malcolm Napier (1909-1984), son of Francis Edward Basil Napier, 12th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and the Hon. Clarice Jessie Evelyn Hamilton and thus Mrs Mackintosh’s first cousin once removed

[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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