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

John Harrison1 died 10th + Mrs Ballard2 11th

A lovely day sunny clear + calm. Amy + I carrying our lunch had a charming walk. Maggie + she drove Mary3, Maggie4 + Amy5 drove down to the Churchyard + I walked down by a sheep path + met them. I saw Frank’s grave6. Then Amy + I drove to the village + the trap went back for the others while Amy + I walked up to the Black Down7 from which we had a magnificent view over the Weald + to the S. Downs. The Bell heather was splendid. We lunched where there used to be a shelter called the ‘Temple of the Winds’8 + came down the other side by Cotchet Farm9 + home. Willie10 came in + showed me the plans of the new Hospital to cost £30,000. I gave a lot of my recitations at night + Ellen11 the cook + Daisy12 [illegible] came in. It was marvellous to see dear Mary’s cheerfulness.

1 John Harrison (about 1848-1922), retired clothier, died 10 July 1922, aged 74, at 3 Napier Road, Morningside, Edinburgh, the son of Sir George Harrison, clothier and woollen merchant, deceased, and Jane Harrison née Archibald (died 1878), and the widower of Helen Georgina Roberts (died 1949), daughter of George Roberts, woollen manufacturer, and Agnes Roberts nee Fowler; John and Helen had married 4 June 1879 at Wellwood Park, Selkirk

2 Julia Mary Ballard née Anderson (about 1838-1922), died 11 July 1922, at Philipburn, Selkirk, aged 84, death certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B., she was the daughter of David Murray Anderson, gentleman, and Eleanor Anderson née Naysmyth, and the widow of George Alexander Ballard formerly of the Madras Civil Service

3 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-?1933), James Wallace’s widow

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

5 Amy Kathleen Waldie (1889-1960), Bothwell, Lanarks., Scotland [1911 Census]. daughter of James Francis Waldie, colliery manager, and Ann or Annie Maria, later Massie, Waldie née Cowan, married 1884, Dundalk, Co. Louth [1884, Jul-Aug-Sep, Dundalk, Ireland, Volume 2, Page number 671, FHL Film Number 101254]; Amy was at Scotstoun(e), Haslemere in 1911, recorded as James’s niece

6 Frank’s grave refers to that of Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1839-1912), cotton merchant and Dr Muir’s brother, born 2 October 1839, North Leith, Midlothian, and baptised 1 December 1839, North Leith, he had died, aged 73, in July 1912, at Hambledon Registration District, England (Surrey / Sussex), and was buried 3 August 1912 at Haslemere, St Bartholomew, Church of England burial ground, Surrey; son of Francis Muir (1797-1871), presbyterian minister, and Jane Muir née Logan, Frank Muir had married, 19 July 1866, at West Molesey, St Peter, Surrey, Ellen Margaret Hall (1848-1944)

7 Black Down, highest point 280m at grid reference NGR SU919,296

8 At the south end of Black Down the Temple of the Winds, grid reference SU920,292, is named after a Bronze Age circular bank and offers fine views of the South Downs National Park

9 Cotchet Farm, Fernden Lane, Lurgashall, West Sussex, grid reference SU914,295

10 William Edward ‘Willie’ Muir (1872-1948), son of Francis ‘Frank’ Muir, in 1922 he is noted as of Rowallan, Haslemere and married to Logie Elizabeth Muir née Whiteway

11 This almost certainly refers to Ellen Hudson (about 1887-), nurse attendant, recorded with James and Mary Wallace, Amy Waldie and Daisy Bartlett at Milford on Sea, Lymington, Hampshire [1921 Census]

12 This almost certainly refers to Daisy Annie Bartlett (1886-1975), domestic servant, recorded with James and Mary Wallace, Amy Waldie and Ellen Hudson at Milford on Sea, Lymington, Hampshire [1921 Census]; born 31 October 1886, Daisy was a laundress at Shottermill, Haslemere in the 1911 Census so it is probable that she changed employer (though only locally) sometime between 1911 and 1921, her death is recorded in September Quarter 1975 at S.W. Surrey [sources: Births Dec 1886, Bartlett, Daisy Annie, Newbury 2c 237; death Surrey S.W. Volume: 17 Page: 1170]

[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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