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

The finest day of the season as yet. Abundant sunshine: moderate W. wind, warm atmosphere + clear. Two operations at Viewfield viz. Miss Falconer1, [illegible] for Hallux Valgus + May Walker2 for her tuberculous neck. Then I cycled to Hospital, Bridgelands (Jas. Hardie3) + High Faldonside (Mrs Montgomery the cook4). Jessie5 introduced me to Lady Chalmers6 a sister of Sir Robert Lorimer7. Then I went on via Darnick to Bowden Moor where I had my tea + home via Clarilawmoor. H. + D.8 with Mrs Mack9, Barb10 + Wally11 went to the pictures.

1 Miss Falconer and her residence are both unidentified

2 May (probably Mary) Walker is unidentified

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

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

5 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

6 Janet Alice Chalmers née Lorimer (1878-1932), widow of Sir David Patrick Chalmers (1835-1899), colonial judge, first Chief Justice of the Gold Coast and Chief Justice of British Guiana (Guyana) [ScotlandsPlaces: Sir David Patrick Chalmers 1835 – 1899]

1 Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer (1864-1929), K.B.E., Scottish architect and furniture designer

8 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and a nurse

9 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

10 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

11 If this is a correct reading Wally is unidentified

[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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