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, 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

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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