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

No more rain during the night + just a few drops this morning. There has not been enough to any good + brown patches are showing in Dovecot Park. Two minor operations at Viewfield. Cycled to Henhouse, Boose Mill + Lilliesleaf. At Boose Mill D.1 had a confinement yesterday2. Met Mrs Cochrane of Linthill3 there whom I haven’t seen for many years. Got home at 3.15 to find a message to Dewar, Woll Rigg4 + cycled there (6.6). Dav. attended Mrs Henry, Deepslaids5. N.W. to W. wind kept the day pleasantly cool.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 Jeanie Blair Blackie Renton, born 9 June 1922 at Boosmiln Cottage, Lilliesleaf, the daughter of Thomas Borthwick Renton, ploughman, and Jeanie Blair Renton née Blackie, married 1918 at Gordon, Berwickshire

3 This may refer to Mrs Catherine Cochrane née Swinton, born Legerwood, Berwickshire, wife of David Cochrane, gardener, the Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house known as Garden Cottage, Linthill, Lilliesleaf; they had married 1880 at Gordon, Berwickshire and had children James (1883-), Thomas Hay Swinton (1884-), Margaret Kirkwood (1887-), Alexander (1886-), Joseph Swinton (1888-), David (1895-), Roberta Kate (1898-) and Janet Swinton Borthwick (1903-) [statutory BMDs and 1922 Valuation Roll VR011600033-/883, Roxburgh County, page 883 of 993]

4 William Dewar, manager, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house known as Wollrig, Ashkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/355, Selkirk County, page 355 of 611]

5 It is probable that this refers to Anne or Annie Patterson Henry née Black, wife of Peter Henry, farm servant, who was “Inhabitant Occupier not rated” of a house at Deepslaids, Selkirk, 1922 and who was recorded as ploughman at Fauldshope, Kirkhope on the 1911 Census, and this seems to be corroborated by the birth record of Margaret Henry in 1902 at Mortonhall, Melrose where the couple had married the month before her birth [sources: 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/375, Selkirk County, page 375 of 611; 1911 Census 776/ 3/ 4, page 4 of 8; Margaret’s birth 1902 Henry, Margaret, Statutory registers Births 799/1 25; parents’ marriage Henry, Peter and Black, Anne Patterson, 1902, 799/1 3, Melrose]

[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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