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

It rained nearly all day + I couldn’t cycle. Motored to Faldonside to see Weatherston1, Jessie Boyd’s gardener2 + then to Ettrick Mills + right up to Tibbie Shiels to see a tramp who was thought to be mad. He was a man Ritchie3 from Walkerburn who had certainly been a bit off his head but was all right when I saw him. Called at Cutkerwood + Deuchar Mill + got back a little after 2. Dora4 arrived at 4 with Cyril and Pouky [?] Baxter, two delightful wee boys5. We had a hunt after a rabbit in the garden with Kelty6 who was no good. A cable announced Mrs John Roberts death7.

1 John Weatherston was gardener and Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Faldonside, Galashiels, Proprietor Miss Jessie Milne Brack Boyd; he is otherwise unknown though it may be possible to identify him when the 1921 Census is published later this year

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

3 Ritchie is unidentified though he may be one of two brothers John and Thomas Ritchie, both originally from Biggar, textile workers and living at Victoria Buildings, Walkerburn in the 1911 Census; it may be possible to identify him when the 1921 Census is published later this year

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

5 Cyril and Pouky [if that is the correct reading] Baxter are almost certainly Cyril Ross Baxter (1915-1997) and Erik Sandeman Baxter (1919–1999), sons of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns 1915, 164/CL 161 and 1919, 164/CL 407]; they are the brothers of Enid Gordon Baxter, later Thorn (1917-2013) who appears in Dr Muir’s diary on a number of occasions in May 1922

6 Kelty was a dog that Dr Muir records taking for a walk very infrequently since at least 1917 but either someone else must have been his regular walker or he was not their dog

7 Louisa Jane Roberts née Kettle (1848-1922) died 22 June 1922; born Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand, she was the wife of Sir John Tonkin Roberts (who was born in Selkirk but made his life in New Zealand) and mother of John Roberts junior, Dr Muir’s son-in-law (who was the opposite)

[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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