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

Rowan tree shows signs of failing vigour. Its foliage is poor.

A fair day but no warmth. Cycled to Linton Backfeus1, Goodfellow2, Ettrick Terrace, Forest Mill, Tinnis Cottage, Deuchar Mill, Yarrow Hall + Planting (Mrs Goodfellow3, formerly Cutkerwood). The girl Calder at Tinnis Cottage4 looked near the end. I was over at Viewfield several times in the evening seeing an old man Forbes5, father of Walker the organist’s wife6. He had serious cardiac symptoms. Message to see Mrs Lawson7. Distributed Communion Cards.

1 This location is not identified

2 It is not clear if this duplicates the reference to Goodfellow below

3 Dr Muir appears to have not known or (as is quite possible) used her maiden name under which he had previously known her but this appears to refer to Lizzie Mary Hogg née Goodfellow (1888-1963), daughter of George Pott Aitchison Goodfellow, agricultural labourer, and Eliza Goodfellow née Harkness who had married 1866 at Hutton and Corrie, Dumfriesshire; Lizzie was born at Cutcarwood, Yarrow and stayed there with her family until at least the 1901 Census, she may well be the Lizzie Goodfellow aet 22, working as a “housemaid domestic” for John V Lindsay at Whitehope, Yarrow, 1911 Census and she married William Hogg (at that time serving in France) on 4 October 1917 at Yarrowfeus; however, in spite of her marriage, by 1922 she appears to have been styling herself Minnie Goodfellow and occupying a house ‘Planting’ at Yarrowfeus, Yarrow; she died 6 June 1963 at Selkirk Cottage Hospital, usual residence Thornfield basement, Selkirk [parents’ marriage: 1866, 831/ 2, Hutton and Corrie; 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/390, Selkirk County, page 390 of 611].

4 Ellen ‘Helen’ Henderson Calder (1900-1922), of Tinnis Cottages, Yarrow, the daughter of Robert Henderson Calder, farm worker, and Annie Euphemia Calder née McKenzie; her parents had married 1896 at Watten, Caithness, she was born at Leith, and the family was at Caddonlee, Caddonfoot by 1911 [parents’ marriage Calder, Robert Henderson and McKenzie, Annie Euphemia, 1896, 042/ 2, Watten, Caithness; her birth 1900, 692/2 1501, Leith South and her death 1922, 779/1 2, Yarrow]

5 Archibald Forbes (about 1844-1922), engine-fitter, husband of Jane L Forbes née Hardie, married 3 June 1864 at Linlithgow, West Lothian

6 William Henry Walker (about 1866-), organist, was Proprietor Occupier at Greenbank, 52 Ettrick Terrace, 1922 VR and married to Elizabeth Forbes (1866-); they had married in 1893 at Carlisle and by the 1911 Census were at Park Side, Selkirk, aged 45 and 44 respectively, recorded with Robert and Dorothy Forbes ‘Dolly’ Mansergh (1900-1986), Walker’s nephew and niece [through her sister Amelia Agnes Mansergh née Forbes (1873-1903)], and Grace Paulin (1865-1915), a domestic servant who was sister of Dr Muir’s sometime housekeeper Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (by way of corroboration of the identification Dolly Mansergh was previously mentioned in Dr Muir’s diary, on 14 June 1918) [sources: her birth, Jun Quarter 1866, Carlisle, Cumberland, 10b 474; marriage: Sep 1893, Walker, William Henry and Forbes Elizabeth, Carlisle 10b 737; Diary of Dr John Stewart Muir of Selkirk, Scottish Borders Archives SBA/657/21/34; sister’s marriage Sep 1895, Mansergh, Arthur Hassell and Forbes, Amelia Agnes (1863-), Carlisle 10b 739; sister’s death Amelia Agnes Mansergh Mar Quarter 1903, Lanchester, Durham, 10a 499]

7 Cecil Lawson née Mackinley (about 1827-1922), widow of John Lawson (about 1825-1898), married 1865, Govan, she was Proprietor Occupier of a house and garden ‘Knowe Park’, 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk [sources: 646/1 125, Govan; 1922 Valuation Roll, Selkirk Burgh, page 260 of 644]

[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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