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

It was a fine morning, calm + sunny + it continued so till the afternoon when it rained heavily. This place (Scotstoun1) has improved very much since I was last here. The trees have grown + the newness has worn off. There are far more houses on the surrounding hillsides + their red roofs among the woods are beautiful. The funeral2 was at 12 + I motored down in a large car of Willie’s3 (he has 2) with Mary4, Amy5 + Maggie6 for William’s body was cremated at Woking on Thursday and the ashes in [a] little white casket were [three words deleted] laid on a table in the church + Mary whom I took into church laid some roses on it. After the service Willie carried the casket. Mary + I followed + we walked to the conveyance (all this was down at Haslemere Parish Church) + the casket was laid in a tiny grave lined with [illegible]. I shook hands with Joe Muir7 but I missed Hugh McClure8. Frank from [illegible]9 was there + came back to Scotstoun. So did Mrs Aitken + Mrs Stroyan, two nieces of James’s with their husbands10. Also the Reverend Mr Mathieson11 who was over at Bridgehope12 + a former curate here named Watson, a cousin of Mrs Mack’s13. After lunch I went with Rowatt14 + saw Nelly + Logie15.

1 Scotstoun(e), Haslemere, Surrey

2 James Wallace (about 1841-1922), sometime wool buyer for John Paton, Son & Co., Alloa, died 5 July 1922, was married to Mary Jane Muir (1836-?1933), Dr Muir’s sister

3 William Edward ‘Willie’ Muir (1872-1948), Dr Muir’s nephew, lived at Rowallan, Haslemere so the Wallace’s neighbour, married to Logie Elizabeth Muir née Whiteway

4 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-), James’s widow

5 Amy Kathleen Waldie (1889-1960) lived with Willie and Logic Muir at Rowallan

6 Maggie appears to be Maggie McClure – see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 11 July 1922

7 Assume Joseph Corbett ‘Joe’ Muir (1872-1949), M.D., son of Alexander ‘Alec’ Muir (1831-1915), and Jessie Muir née Thomson, so Dr Muir’s nephew

8 Hugh McClure is probably Hugh Hannay McClure (1864-1940), civil engineer, son of Dr Muir’s aunt Marion Stewart McClure née Logan (1822-1916), and William McClure, Writer to the Signet

9 Frank is unidentified

10 The two nieces married to Aitken and Stroyan are unidentified

11 The Reverend Mr Mathieson is unidentified

12 Bridgehope is unidentified

13 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk but the cousin is unidentified

14 Rowatt is unidentified but presumably a driver for one of the families

15 Assume Logie Elizabeth Muir née Whiteway (about 1877-1956), Willie Muir’s wife, but Nelly is unidentified unless she is Willie and Logie’s daughter Elizabeth Helen Muir (1907-)

[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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