2 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A good deal of rain today but not as continuously yesterday + perhaps because there was less rain it did not feel so cold. I motored to Hosp., Bridgelands, Spionkop + Mill Street + went to morning service. Wrote Lizzie G. Smith1, Mrs Dubs2 + Helen3. Sent away accounts for 2 temp. Resid. + a subscription of 10/- [shillings] from M + G4 for the Russian Doctors Relief Fund of the B.M.A.5. Saw Mrs Kemp, Spionkop6 a 2nd time + supped at Wellwood7.

1 Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie (1858-1926), daughter of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir, thus Dr Muir’s niece

2 Margaret Forsyth Dubs, formerly Smith, née Arthur (1853-1935), born 1853, Barony, who had married, 2ndly, 1909 at Blythswood, Frank Albert Dubs, this being around the time that he moved from Glasgow to Yair Mansion, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire; he died in 1920 and Margaret relocated to a house called Woodbourne at Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Renfrewshire, flitting from Selkirk sometime after 12 March 1921 (c.f. Dr Muir’s diary entry for 12 March 1921)

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

4 The Muir & Graham medical co-partnership

5 The Council of the British Medical Association had received a request from the Pirogoff Medical Society for “help for starving medical men and their families in Russia” and resolved to launch an appeal for five shillings from every member. The appeal raised £1,605 for food parcels which were dispatched via the American Relief Administration. [source: ‘The Fund for Russian Doctors’, report and letter of thanks in The British Medical Journal, 14 October 1922 “Current Notes.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3224, BMJ, 1922, pp. 141–42, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20421377.%5D

6 Spion Kop, Selkirk, home of Mrs Margaret Kemp, recorded as a “Special worker at work parties” when awards were made at the Victoria Hall of war service medals, see diary entry for 30 March 1922, but otherwise unidentified

7 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg, John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts, Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford, Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts

[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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