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

More showers today chiefly towards evening. Four town visits one of which was Simpson, Viewfield1. Motored to the Upper Headshaw road end and walked down there to Woll Rigg2 to see a pauper lunatic Euphemia Turnbull3 who stays with her aunt Mrs Jackson4. Sent Baptie5 on to Hawick with a lot of clothes to get cleaned + he met me at Selkirk again. Cycled to Lauriston to see Mrs Smith6.

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

2 This is not clear but it seems likely that Dr Muir walked from the Headshaw road end (still there just to the north of the Ashkirk road end on the A7) and walked up to and through Headshaw before crossing the Headshaw Burn to reach The Woll, Ashkirk.

3 Very probably Euphemia Turnbull (1882-1962), born Melrose, she was living with her brother John Turnbull and his wife Helen at 134 St Andrew Street, Galashiels in the 1911 Census where she was described as “Feeble-minded since infancy”; born at Melrose in 1882, she was recorded in the 1891 Census at Caddonfoot (civil parish Stow) with her grandmother Euphemia Turnbull, mother Margaret Turnbull, aunt Agnes Turnbull, uncle John Turnbull and cousin Robert Turnbull (1883-), Agnes’s son, and died 1962 aet 80 at Chiefswood House, Melrose, usual residence Caverton Mill, Kelso.

4 Presumably Agnes Turnbull (1862-1938), second wife of Alex Jackson, farm servant, married 1910 at Woodhead, Ancrum; in 1922 he was a ploughman and Inhabitant Occupier of a house at The Woll, Ashkirk [1922 Jackson, Alexander, Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/355, Selkirk County, page 355 of 611].

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

6 Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934), daughter of James Locke, tweed manufacturer, and Catherine Adam Locke née Gregg. Was at Lauriston (1911 census and 1920 VR), at Broomhill, Selkirk (1901 Census) and at Mauldsheugh, with her husband Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, who died in 1899 (1891 Census), they had married 23 April 1873, London. Died Hillholm, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk, 7 February 1934, aged 81..

[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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