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

Decidedly warmer today and without a great deal of sunshine. At night the wind went round to N.E. There was no rain except a few drops as we were going up Ettrick. Wendy Ogilvie1 came in at 11 + had her tonsils out. Madge2 came over here to lunch. I saw a few cases in town + cycled to Black Andro to see Jo. Dodds3 on behalf of the Co-op. Insur. After tea I motored to Oakwoodmill, Ramseycleuch, Ettrick Manse + over Hartleap4 to the Planting5. I took Peter in the back seat6.

1 Margaret Deloraine ‘Wendy’ Ogilvie (1909-2003), daughter of William Henry Ogilvie and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson; born Lintalee, Jedburgh.

2 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of W H Ogilvie; the family stayed at Kirklea, Ashkirk.

3 Not identified.

4 Dr Muir has travelled up the Ettrick Water and over Hartleap to Yarrow.

5 Dr Muir had attended what appears to have been Lizzie Mary Goodfellow, later Hogg (1888-1963), see his 27 July 1922 diary entry.

6 Peter, who was probably in the dickey seat, was a charge of Dora’s, actually Peter Muir Spurgeon Allen (1914-2005), who was at Thorncroft, Selkirk, aged 7, in the 1921 Census [taken 19 June 1921], born 4 June 1914, Chorlton [Lancashire], the son of the Reverend Willoughby Charles Allen and Catherine Ellen Allen née Green; a head teacher (retired), he died 16 February 2005 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Hope Cottage, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian.

[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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