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

Strong N.W. wind + not quite so cold. A lot of sunshine + some showers. Cycled out to Henhouse first thing. Willie Laidlaw’s temp. 1021: suffering some pain in left chest: probably pneumonia. Gave him a hypo of morph. Saw him in evening temp. 103.2 [so] repeated the Morph. Cycled down to Hosp. + took some swabs + then to Beechwood, Philiphaugh Sawmill + Newarkburn where I found Sandy Baillie2 aet 90 digging his garden! The patient was his granddaughter, Victoria Keeling3. H.4, D.5, + Enid6 had tea at Elmpark.

1 Presumably William Braid Laidlaw (1902-1985), son of John Laidlaw, saw miller, and Agnes Laidlaw nee Taylor, brother of John Laidlaw (1904-) and Robert Braid Laidlaw (1906-), all living at Henhouse, The Haining, Selkirk at the 1911 Census

2 Alexander ‘Sandy’ Baillie (about 1831-1928), retired, was at Oldwark, Bowhill, Selkirk in the area of Newark [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611]

3 Victoria Ann Keeling (1887-1922), daughter of Mary Potts Baillie and John Keeling; her mother was the daughter of Alexander ‘Sandy’ Baillie, carpenter, and Ann Potts and her father was from Ingestre Village, Staffordshire and at his marriage in November 1884 he was described as “Usher of the Hall Domestic Servant” (very possibly at Ingestre Hall, a house belonging to the Chetwynd-Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury and Viscounts Ingestre) [Victoria’s birth June Quarter 1887 Stafford 6b 24]

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

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

6 Enid Gordon Baxter, later Thorn (1917-2013), born 1 Nov 1917 at Gothenburg, daughter of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager and informant of the birth, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns 1917, 164/CL 233]

[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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