2 June 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Feeling rather stiff especially in the extension of the legs. Message to Mrs Dees, Faldonside1. Motored there by Mavisbank and Hospital, Gill Ettrickhaugh Road2 , Howden Moat3 + Henhouse. Willie Laidlaw4 rather feverish. Helen5 cycled to Scaur Neuk6 to call for Ann Scott7. It was clearer today with a N.W. wind. Cool.

1 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey and wife of Robert Irwin Dees; Dees had inherited approximately £90,000 in 1908 on the death of his uncle Robert Richardson Dees of Wallsend and they had taken the tenancy of Faldonside in 1920

2 There was more than one Gill family living at Ettrickhaugh Road around this time, see Valuation Rolls, but this would not necessarily be expected for a short tenancy

3 The Editor is reasonably confident that this is the property at Motte which is more closely associated with Brownmuir and is identified as Moat (occupier William Arnot, shepherd) in the 1886 Valuation Roll [for more detail see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 30 May 1922]

4 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

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

6 Scaurneuk, Yarrow

7 Assume Annie Scott, lived at Greenwells, Yarrow [Feus] in 1911 Census, aged 61, with her husband Robert Scott, retired shepherd, aged 70; she was born in Dumfriesshire and died 30 March 1924 at Greenwells, Yarrow, aged 74, daughter of John Kirk, shepherd, and Mary Kirk MS Carruthers, death certified by D Charteris Graham

[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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