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

Dark morning: Greenhead mist cleared up after midday: fine afternoon and calm summer like evening. Yesterday seems to have been warm everywhere. I took the Viewfield1 lease to Dundas2 + the deed of Copartnery to Carnegie3 for completion. Dundas sent the form back all ready for signing. The Stamp is £1! Cycled to Curror Street, Hospital, Bridgelands (Jas. Hardie4), Fairnilee Lodge (where old Ad. Jackson5 had died an hour before6), + Forest Mill. Dug up dandelions on the tennis green. Dora came at 7.24 + Jean at 11.27. Operation for appendicitis at Home at 9. = a Mrs Selcroft [?] from Carterhaugh8.

1 Viewfield Nursing Home

2 William Claxton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor and County Clerk for Selkirkshire c.1920

3 David Carnegie Alexander (1856-1928), sometimes ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’, solicitor, son of David Carnegie Alexander (about 1820-1881), solicitor, and Margaret Scott Alexander née Anderson

4 Assume James Hardie (c.1841-1922), retired ploughman, husband of Margaret Nicholson, who was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels, 1920 Valuation Roll

5 John Jackson (about 1838-1922), it is not evident why he’d is referred to as “Ad”, retired shepherd and husband of Isabella Oliver, died 24 May at Fairnilee East Lodge, Caddonfoot, aged 84, of cardiac failure and arterio-sclerosis certified by D Charles [sic] Graham, M.B., Ch.B. of Mauldsheugh, Selkirk; he was the son of John Jackson, shepherd, and Janet Jackson née Muir [1922, 774/A 7, Caddonfoot]

6 The death of John Jackson appearing two days earlier than it is registered must be the clearest evidence yet that some at least of Dr Muir’s journal was written up in retrospect; one day’s difference might be dismissed as an inconsistency of timing but there is an entire 24 hours between the latest time Jackson could have died on 22 May and the time entered in the death registration for 24 May, though in practice the timings were not nearly as tight as this so the error is very clear

7 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and a nurse and Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, by this time widowed and running a tea shop in Newington, Edinburgh

8 Mrs Selcroft is unidentified though it may be possible to do so 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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