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

Wire from Willie Muir1 that Jas. Wallace2 died this morning. Wrote Mary3 + asked her to wire me about the funeral. Cycled to Hospital, Spion Kop, Ettrick + Tweed Mills + at 2.30 got message to Weatherstone4, Jessie Boyd’s5 gardener. Tried to catch Dav.6 at Oakendean but he had left, so cycled down. It was a nice day + dry. Made all preparations for an early start with Nancy7 to Kirknewton for Cheviot. Made sandwiches +c for Baptie8 + self : but the glass was falling + the wind went round to E. Set my alarm for 5.30. David agreed to my conditions viz that my share doesn’t fall below [blank] : that I get whatever I save by cycling & £ for his bicycle9.

1 William Edward ‘Willie’ Muir (1872-1948), son of Francis Muir (1839-1912), Dr Muir’s brother; in 1922 he is noted as of Rowallan, Haslemere, Surrey

2 James Wallace (about 1841-1922), Dr Muir’s brother-in-law, married Mary Jane Muir, 25 September 1866, at 15 North Fort Street, North Leith [her home], at which time he was a wool salesman, of Charlotte Place, Edinburgh; at the time of his death they were at Scotstoun(e), Haslemere, died 5 July 1922 [Probate] Sep Quarter 1922 [July] Wallace, James, aged 81, Hambledon (Surrey) 2a 162 and buried 8 July at Haslemere

3 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-1933), daughter of Francis Muir, presbyterian minister, and Jane Muir née Logan, sister of John Stewart Muir and wife of James Wallace

4 Weatherstone is unidentified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

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

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

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

8 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

9 Dr Muir’s terms suggest that he was negotiating from a position of some weakness and if the Editor has read the last section correctly as meaning that David has been borrowing a bicycle off Dr Muir than by asking for a contribution Dr Muir is indeed clutching at straws

[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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