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

A fairly good day with heavy showers in afternoon + lovely bright evening, warmer. Dav.1 did a circum[cision] on Willie Welsh2 under local anaesthesia. The prepuce were adherent all round. I cycled down to Hospital, Spionkop3 before + then with Nancy4 walked to Henhouse + Kirklea5 going over by Brown and Headshaw Moor6. The Ogilvies were out + we came back by Greenhill7 + had high tea together here.

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

2 Willie Welsh is unidentified

3 Spion Kop, Selkirk, where Dr Muir had been attending Mrs Margaret Kemp née Gibson (about 1858-1935), 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. Allegedly born Thornilee, Roxburgh, she lived at Spion Kop with four grown-up children Janet, Robert, James and John, all of whom worked in the textile industry, Janet for Edward Gardiner and the men for Gibson & Lumgair [1921 Census].

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

5 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets, and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Anderson, and their children Margaret Deloraine Ogilvie (1909-2003) and George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995)

6 Brownmoor, near Hartwoodburn, grid reference NGR NT462,266 and Headshaw Moor, centred on approximate grid reference NT462,237

7 The pair travelled anti-clockwise going out on the west of the main road and returned, at least initially, to the east of it via Greenhill and probably the Braw Yett

[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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