4 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunshine + showers but still ungenial [sic]: perhaps a little less cold. Saw Fairleigh1 + Hogg2, Backrow before breakfast [and] attended Mrs Heatlie3, Ettrick Road who had a F.S. [?] at 10.30. Cycled to Elmrow, Curror Street + Hospital + then to Henhouse + Southport. Was not out again till 7.15 when I saw Fairleigh T.105. Jock, Louise, Stewart + Tim4 called, the 3 boys to say goodbye as they go back to school tomorrow, Tim to Moffat5 + the others to Merchiston. Helen6 had Dawn Boyd Milne7 + Mrs Smith8 to lunch + she, Dora9, Norah10 [?] + Mrs Mack11 went to the Picture House.

1 Fairleigh is unidentified, though it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 There were several households called Hogg in Backrow

3 Thomas Heard Heatlie born 4 May at 11 Ettrick Road, Selkirk, son of William Sandilands Heatlie, butcher, and Janet Mathieson Heatlie née Heard, married 17 April 1913 at Selkirk

4 John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

5 The Editor believes this must be St Ninian’s School, Moffat (1879-) a preparatory school attended it seems by all of the Roberts boys

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

7 Dawn Gordon Belle Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Milne (1894-1980), who was to change her name to Dawn Gordon Bell Brack Boyd Wilson Milne, 31 October 1924 [London Gazette, 8 December 1924] at which time she was of the Belvedere Hotel, Grenville Place, London; in ‘Notices Under The Trustee Act, 1925’ Dawn is noted as being of Flat 7, 1a Queen’s Gate, London SW7, a spinster and her date of death as 2nd August 1980

8 It is likely that this refers to Mrs Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943), of The Firs, Selkirk, the wife of Patrick Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute

9 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

10 Assume Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s co-partner

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

[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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