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

Still cold but perhaps a little less so. Wind W.S.W. Some spots of rain once or twice + raining at night. Walked to Hospital, Curror Street, Clifton Road + Elmrow + went to morning service but was called away before the sermon for Mrs Hudson, Buccleuch Road who had a son at 12.151. Mrs Hudson had gone first for D.2 who was at Borthwickbrae3 + he came just after the birth. I had some trouble with the Placenta. Enid4 was at church with Dora5. I went to evening service with Helen6. Jack 7, Barb.8 + Boylan9 were at supper. I had Jas. Scott junr, Curror Street10 with a free ulna + at 10 had to go across to Curror Street to see a girl Peggy Brown11.

1 John William Hudson, born 14 May 1922, the son of John Hudson, burgh roadman, and Annie Hudson née Lynch [birth, 1922, 778/ 50, Selkirk; 1925 Valuation Roll, VR007900013-/106, Selkirk Burgh, page 106 of 315]

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Assume Borthwickbrae, Roberton, beyond Ashkirk and Blawearie and thus well outside the medical practice’s normal operating area

4 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]

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

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

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and three time Provost of Selkirk; Dr Muir’s son-in-law, later knighted “for political and public services in Selkirk”

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

9 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), retired civil engineer, worked in India, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount and Shawpark, Selkirk

10 James Scott, woollen carder, was Tenant Occupier of a house 23 Curror Street, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/178, Selkirk Burgh, page 178 of 644]

11 There is more than one family called Brown in Curror Street and Peggy is unidentified, though it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

[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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