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

Perhaps not quite as cold. In the sun it was certainly warmer but there was a bite in the wind which was first N. + then east. There was a slight shower in the morning + another in afternoon. I saw Mrs Hall1, Southport + Mrs Sim2, Martha Ingles3 + old Lamb4 at the Home + went to morning service. After [?] I called for Robert Currie5, Rockville + walked out to the Gala Rigg where, in the lea [sic] of the wood [?] it was quite pleasant. Saw a good deal of snow on Cheviot. Went to evening service with Helen6. There was a church parade of the Girl Guides.

1 Catherine Gray Hall née White (1864-), married Robert Hall, millworker, 3 June 1897 at Leslie Cottage, Selkirk, daughter Elizabeth Margaret Gray Hall (1898-), born Columbarian Cottage, South Port, Selkirk; in 1922 Robert Hall, millworker, was Proprietor Occupier of a house and garden at 19 South Port, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/287, Selkirk Burgh, page 287 of 644]

2 Assume Mrs Isabella Hunter Sim née Ballantyne (1865-1925) of Tweed Knowe, Scott’s Place, Selkirk, wife of Robert Sim senior (about 1859-1936), “Scotch Tweed Manufacturer” and hosiery manufacturer; the couple had married 3 September 1889 at Innerleithen – she was the daughter of David Ballantyne, woollen manufacturer, and Isabella Milne – and by 1922 Robert Sim junior (1894-) appears to have taken over responsibility for some of their property

3 Assume Martha Scott Ingles (1873-1945) on whom Dr Graham operated 11 April 1922

4 This may be the same unidentified Mr Lamb (he is named as Peter Lamb in 1 May 1922 diary entry) who consulted Dr Muir for an “enormous Hernia” at Viewfield 2 March 1922 when Dr Muir noted that he was “a connection of the Blaikies of Comiston”

5 Robert Currie junior (about 1847-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, he lived at Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk and was the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

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

[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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