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

A dull calm rather heavy sort of day: wet pavements in morning but fair till 7 p.m. when there was a shower. Walked to Spion Kop + Hospital: gave gas for 2 cases of tonsils at Viewfield: cycled to Rockville1 + Henhouse + then to Bridgelands + Upper Faldonside2. Met Tom Connochie3 who had come across the Ford4 walking up to see a cow. Terrible news of the murder of Field Marshall Sir [gap] Wilson by 2 Irishmen5. They shot him at his own door as he returned from Unveiling a Memorial to men in the employment of [gap]6. Helen7 left for Altrincham8.

1 Dr Muir had been visiting Rockville, Selkirk to attend to Robert Currie junior (about 1847-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, see for example diary entries for 30 April, 12 May, 14 June and 19 June

2 Perhaps to attend Mrs Montgomery, the cook at High Faldonside who was mentioned in Dr Muir’s diary entries for 29th May and 15th and 16th June 1922

3 The Connochies were veterinarians and dipsomaniacs in Selkirkshire and this appears to be Thomas Dixon Connochie (1862-1939), veterinary surgeon, sometime of Braeside, Galashiels

4 This may well refer to the ford which crosses the River Tweed just downstream of Abbotsford Ferry Station and the ferry passage

5 Field Marshal Sir Henry Hughes Wilson (1864-1922), 1st Baronet, GCB, DSO, was assassinated on 22 June 1922 outside his front door at Eaton Place, Belgravia by two members of the Irish Republican Army, Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan, as he was returning from unveiling the Great Eastern Railway war memorial at Liverpool Street Station

6 The Great Eastern Railway War Memorial at Liverpool Street Station was unveiled by Sir Henry Wilson on 22 June 1922; a substantial marble plaque, it reads “To The Glory Of God And In Grateful Memory Of The | Great Eastern Railway Staff Who In Response To The Call Of Their | King And Country, Sacrificed Their Lives During The Great War | list of names | 1914-1919

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

8 There was a strong connection between Dr Muir’s family and the area between Manchester and Cheshire

[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

2 thoughts on “23 June 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

    1. Thank you for the feedback. It took me a year to read Dr Muir fluently! We have 40 annual diaries and have published eight. When I retire in early 2025 I’m going to have a real go at transcribing all of them.


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