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

All blooms in great profusion Rowan Tree full out

Glass which fell yesterday rose today and all signs of rain are gone. Slight N.W. wind, sunny + not too warm. Saw 4 cases + went to morning service. Was called out to see Mrs Hope1, Ettrick Terrace + also cycled to Ewart2, Ettrickhaugh Road for a child. Expecting Dav.3 up to arrange about Income Tax returns I got everything ready but he couldn’t [illegible word]. Supped at Wellwood. Ed. Macnamara4, Backrow, has pneumonia for the 2d time.

1 Mrs Hope has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Dr Muir was presumably attending one of two children James Ewart (1919-), born Aberdeen, or Margaret Mary Ewart (1921-), born Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk, the children of Thomas Ewart, marine stoker, and Annie Ewart née Cruickshanks; the parents had married 1 May 1918 at Graitney or Gretna, Dumfriesshire, at which time he was a stoker on H.M.S. Hercules (the later of the two Colossus-class dreadnought battleships) and she was a munitions worker [1919, 778/ 27, Selkirk; 1921, 778/ 45, Selkirk]

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

4 Edward ‘Ed’ Macnamara, carter and Tenant Occupier of a house at 50 Back Row, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/282, Selkirk Burgh, page 282 of 644]

[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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