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

Lovely day up till 5 or 6 when it became cloudy + the wind from E. felt much colder. In the morning the Sun heat [sic] was delightful. Cycled out to + back by Castle Street + Backrow: then to Heatherlie, Forest + Tweed Mills, Faldonside + Hospital. At Faldonside I saw a maid, Jessie Lile [sic]1 + 2 kids, nephew + niece of Mrs Dees2. Read the Scotsman in the bower3 after lunch. Dora4 + Enid5 in the car, Helen + Barbara6 cycling went to Lilliesleaf + had a tea pic-nic in a field at Easter Lilliesleaf. I got a note from Walt. Dunlop7 asking me to be a pall bearer at his father’s funeral tomorrow. I went to Kennedy’s8 last lecture on Tuberculosis at Knowepark School9.

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

2 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), wife of Robert Irwin Dees; the Dees lived at Faldonside but both of their families were from Northumberland

3 Dr Muir had a bower in his garden at Thorncroft, 16 Scott’s Place, Selkirk

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

5 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]

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and her niece Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter who had spent some time in Paris at the end of 1921

7 Walter Dunlop (1871-1941, born Bingley, Yorkshire, the son of Charles Walter Dunlop, who had died on 6 May 1922, and Edith Dunlop née Sugden

8 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire circa 1921 but by June 1921 recorded in a similar role in Croydon, Surrey (1921 Census taken 19 June 1921).

9 Knowepark Primary School, between Curror Street and Anderson Road, Selkirk (Scottish Borders Archives at the Heritage Hub, Hawick holds a good series of log books and admission registers for this school)

[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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