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

Much colder: the W. wind felt quite chilly + there wasn’t much sunshine except in the morning. I had only one patient that really required a visit viz. girl Cook, Tait’s Hill1 which I did + went with Dora2 to Morning Service. Was not out again till I went with Helen3 to tea at Mauldsheugh4 where I met David’s5 father6 + a sister, Mrs Pass7. Dr G. senr is a fine man every way. He showed me a lot of photos of Kalimpong8. Walked back by Hospital to see a new case of S. xx After supper had to go to Wollrigg to see Mrs Dewar9.

1 Presumably a daughter of Mrs Jane Cook, charwoman, who was Tenant of a house at Tait’s Hill, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/276, Selkirk Burgh, page 276 of 644]

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

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

4 Dr Graham junior Dr Muir’s co-partner was tenant occupier of house and grounds at Mauldsheugh, 23 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk – see Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, published 1899

5 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner, the son of the Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal

6 The Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931 and had been widowed in 1919 when his wife Catherine ‘Kate’ Graham née McConachie died suddenly in 15 May 1919 in India

7 Dr Muir has misheard the married name of Dr Graham’s sister Margaret Alexandra ‘Peggy’ Passy née Graham (1893-1973), born 21 July 1893, married Frederic Harry Burn Passy, Indian Army in 1914 at Kidderpore, Bengal, India; they later lived at Blachford, Cornwood, Devon and she died at Cornwood in 1973 [sources: FHL Film Number: 527909; 1939 England and Wales Register; Deaths Sep 1973, Passy, Margaret Alexandra, Plymouth 7A 1616]

8 Dr. Graham’s Homes at Kalimpong, India, described on the homepage of the UK Committee for Dr. Graham’s Homes as a “children’s village in the Himalayas” was founded by The Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham and “still faithfully fulfils the original vision to give a future to impoverished, mostly Anglo-Indian, children from greater Calcutta” [Kolkata, West Bengal]

9 William Dewar, manager, was “Inhabitant Occupier not rated” at Wollrig, Ashkirk; his wife’s name may not become apparent until the 1921 Census is published later this year [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/355, Selkirk County, page 355 of 611]

[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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