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

Still the same coldish N.W. wind till the afternoon when it veered to W. It was sunny + bright till then [?] but dull after + some nice showers. I was all dressed + ready for church when a note came from Jessie Boyd1 asking me to see the cook2. I motored there + found she had hemiplegia! Flo3 + D.C.A.4 we’re spending the weekend there. Wrote Jean5 for her birthday tomorrow. Went with H.6 to evening service. Jack, Nancy, Barb.7 + Agnes [?] Thomson8 came to supper.

1 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

2 It is unclear whether this refers to Mrs Montgomery the cook at High Faldonside who was mentioned in Dr Muir’s diary on 16 June 1922

3 Jane Florence ‘Flo’ Turnbull (about 1878-1962), wife of David Carnegie Alexander, married 25 April 1899, Edinburgh at which time her address was recorded as “Faldonside Melrose” and one of the witnesses was James William Brack Boyd (1871-1916), army officer and brother of Jessie Brack Boyd, killed in action 16 July 1916

4 David Carnegie Alexander, ‘D.C.A.’ or ‘Carnegie Alexander’ (1856-1928), solicitor

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

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

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and their eldest daughter Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg

8 Dr Muir seems to have had a problem with Miss Thomson’s name (see diary entries for 15th, 16th and 17th June 1922) but in any case she is unidentified and over this series of entries may (in the absence of evidence) actually refer more than one individual

[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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