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

A really mild day at last but with pretty constant drizzling quiet rain + no sunshine. Motored to Upp Forest Road, Upper Faldonside (the cook Mrs Montgomery1), Lower Faldonside (Maycock2), Cutcarwood + Kilncroft. Saw a few town cases after. Went to evening service + then saw old Mrs Tait3, Backrow (…)4. Helen 5 lunched at Elmpark. Sloe blossom everywhere profusely.

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

2 Dr Muir had previously attended, the last time on 27 March 1922, Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer; at this time they were living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

3 Assume Mary Tait née Douglas (about 1847-1929), widow and Tenant Occupier at 19 Back Row, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/280, Selkirk Burgh, page 280 of 644]

4 This appears to be some sort of medical notation

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

[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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