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

N.W. wind exceedingly cold but there was no rain + a lot of sunshine after midday. Messages to Lindean Herd’s Ho. (Peter Robertson1), Riddell + Kirklea2. Walked to Rockville3, Heatherlieburn, Ettrickhaugh Road (McKay4) + Buccleuch Road + motored to Lindean, Kirklea (Geordo5) Madge gave me ½ doz. eggs. David6 motored to Edin. to make purchases for the Home + called for M Glendinning7. Helen8 dined at Elmpark9 with the Kennedys10. Got cheque from Insurce Comttee for £95 7 11 which will clear off our overdraft from buying Morris Cowley11 + leave us with a balance.

1 Peter Robertson, farmer, is listed at Lindean on the 1922 Valuation Roll but is otherwise unidentified

2 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of the Ogilvie family (see footnote 5)

3 Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk was the home of Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

4 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

5 George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995), son of Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet

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

7 Michael Glendinning (d.1922), farmer / retired farmer, tenant occupier, house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish and formerly the tenant at Williamhope

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

9 Elmpark, Selkirk, home of Dr Muir’s friend Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

10 Assume Mary Balfour Kennedy née Alison (1889-) and William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924

11 The medical co-partnership had acquired the Morris Cowley in the February of this year, see diary entry for 24 February 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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