1 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very little rain today + more sunshine but no warmer. Was called up at 3.30 for Mrs Wm Brown, So. Port who had a son before I arrived1. Cycled to Wellwood (Simpson2), Tweed Mill, Hospital, Bridgelands (Hardie3 + Scott4) + Faldonside. Jessie Boyd5 wired for me to see Weatherstone6 the gardener who had hurt his foot … … I called for Robt Currie, Rockville7 + Mr Farquharson8 at Campbell the dentist9. Got letter from Amy Waldie10 + wrote her.

1 John Brown, born 1 August 1922 at 4 South Port, Selkirk, son of William Brown, general labourer, and Helen Brown nee Kerr, married 19 September 1914 at St Giles, Edinburgh.

2 Assume the housekeeper, otherwise unidentified; Wellwood is Dr Muir’s daughter’s home.

3 Assume James Hardie (about 1841-1922), retired ploughman, husband of Margaret Nicholson, who was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels, 1920 Valuation Roll (who had been attended previously by Dr Muir but note Robert Hardie, gardener [both 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/370, Selkirk County, page 370 of 611] – in 1911 James (about 1888-), coachman, lived with wife May (about 1883-) and their son Robert James Hardie (about 1910-) at the coachman’s house [1911 Census 775/ 26/ 5, page 5 of 7].

4 Perhaps William Scott, farmer at Bridgelands and Batts, Galashiels, [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/370, Selkirk County, page 370 of 611].

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

6 John Weatherstone, gardener, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Faldonside, Galashiels [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/369, Selkirk County, page 369 of 611].

7 Robert Currie junior (about 1847-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, of Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk; Currie was the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert”.

8 Farquharson is unidentified.

9 Thomas Raeburn ‘T Raeburn’ Clark (1879-1943), dental surgeon, at 8 The Green, Selkirk, and of Ettrickbridge, 1920 Valuation Roll; married to Isabella Watson, he died 9 July 1943, aged 63, at 153 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh, usual residence Elburn, Ettrickbridge.

10 Amy Kathleen Waldie (1889-1960), niece of James Wallace (about 1841-1922) Dr Muir’s brother-in-law (whose funeral they had both attended in Surrey earlier in July).

[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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