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

Not a blink of sun today to soften the cold, though slight, east wind. Walked to High Street, Backrow, Bank, Heatherlie, Forest Road, Sloethornbank + Curror Street. Went to Chas. Dunlop’s1 funeral at the English Church2. Good many there. Mark Sprot3 took me in his car (+ Boylan4) to Ashkirk5. I had one of the cords + so had Mark Sprot. Luckily it was quite mild in the sheltered church yard. I came back with Dundas6, Smith7 + Barrie8. Baptie9 met us at Hartwoodburn road and I went to the Henhouse10. After tea I cycled to Bridgelands + syringed Charlotte + Carlota’s ears11. Mrs Kennedy12 + her little boy13 spent the day here, Kennedy being at the Child Welfare. Nancy14 went with Louise15 to her new school.

1 Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant (stuff dealer) of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk had died there on 6 May 1922

2 St John the Evangelist, Shawpark Road, Selkirk, the Scottish Episcopal Church

3 Mark Sprot (1881-1946), landowner and army officer, of Riddell, Lilliesleaf, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir and sometime resident of of Shawmount, Selkirk, he was Deputy General Inspector of Police, Southern Range, born 21 Aug 1878, Calcutta, Bengal, India, died 30 Nov 1961, Ashford, Kent, England

5 Charles Dunlop is buried at Ashkirk Parish Churchyard

6 Probably William Claxton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor and sometime County Clerk for Selkirkshire

7 Possibly Patrick ‘Pat’ Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute, sometime of The Firs, Selkirk

8 Possibly Walter Barrie who farmed at Sundhope and Eldinhopeknowes, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]

9 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

10 Presumably to see William Braid Laidlaw (1902-1985), whom Dr Muir had been attending for what may have been Diphtheria; the son of John Laidlaw, saw miller, and Agnes Laidlaw née Taylor, brother of John Laidlaw (1904-) and Robert Braid Laidlaw (1906-), all living at Henhouse, The Haining, Selkirk at the 1911 Census

11 Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-) and perhaps her mother Elizabeth Charlotte Rodger née Eck (about 1848-1928), born Chile (British Subject), daughter of Frederick A Eck and Janet Eck née Alexander, and by this time widow of George Rodger (died 1910), shipping merchant

12 Mrs Kennedy was Mary Balfour Alison who had married 1915, Morningside, William Nicol Watson Kennedy, 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) [source: marriage 1915, 685/6 46, Morningside]

13 Her “little boy” was presumably Charles Gordon Kennedy (1920-) rather than Ian Alexander Kennedy (1916-1988).

14 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

15 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter

[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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