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

A perfect day. There has not been such uninterrupted sunshine since April ‘19 when Nancy1 + I cycled to Gordon2. David3 asked me to go to Mirlelees [sic] for him to see Agnes Hope4. I motored there + called at Craighill5. It was very hot + glaring + I had to use by [sic] dark specs. Got back at 1. Something went wrong with the Swift6 + it had to be taken to Paterson’s7. I sat + read in the Tennis Green all afternoon + had my tea there, all the rest went to Wellwood8.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

2 The Editor has not been able to identify a trip to Gordon at the time Dr Muir refers to

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

4 It is unclear who Agnes is but Walter Hope, shepherd, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Merelees, Ettrick in 1922; he had married 1919 at Cacraside, Ettrick, Helen Amos, housekeeper [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/365, Selkirk County, page 365 of 611; marriage: 1919 Statutory registers 774/B 2]

5 Craighill, Ettrick, just above Ettrick Kirk and Manse, grid reference NGR NT259,145, where John L Anderson, shepherd, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/364, Selkirk County, page 364 of 611]

6 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; it is not clear which model Dr Muir owned of this small motor manufacturer’s many products but it had been the ‘workhorse’ car for the practice since Dr Muir had acquired it some time before August 1914

7 Paterson is unidentified

8 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, Dr Muir’s second daughter, and their children Barbara, Jock, Louise, Stewart and Tim

[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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