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

Calm dull warm day like thunder which never developed but there was a very heavy + sudden plump1 between 3 + 4. I breakfasted 7.15 : left at 8.10 + cycled to Ramsaycleuch without dismounting: there to the Manse + up Mirelees2. Came back by Carterhaugh + called at Lauriston. Mrs Smith3 had a long palaver about Jim4 who wants to come to them. Saw a few town cases in the afternoon including Mrs Lawson5 who is getting very low. Andrew6 was there. Went to evening Service but couldn’t hear anything. Message to Jas. Lewis7 who required catheter.

1 A heavy down-pour of rain, Scots, cf A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700) ‘(Plump,) Plumpe, n.2 (Late ME. plumbe (once, a 1450) an abrupt plunge or heavy fall.)’ [source: Dictionar o the Scots Leid].

2 Dr Muir had been to Ettrick Manse on the preceding three days to attend the (unidentified) housekeeper to the Reverend Alexander Horn and had clearly fitted in another visit as he travelled from Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, grid reference NGR NT274,145 up the Tima Water to Meerlees, NT281,118.

3 Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934), wife of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, who had died in 1899 (1891 Census), they had married 23 April 1873, London.

4 James Smith, presumably a relative, is unidentified.

5 Cecil Lawson née Mackinlay (about 1837-1922), widow of the Reverend John Lawson, minister of the First United Presbyterian Church, at Knowepark, Selkirk; she was the daughter of James Mackinlay, East India Merchant, and Isabella Mackinlay née Murray.

6 Andrew Moir Lawson (1866-1944), son of the Reverend John Lawson, minister of the First United Presbyterian Church, and Cecil Lawson née Mackinlay (about 1837-1922); a mechanical engineer, at this time he lived in Bradford, Yorkshire.

7 James Lewis (about 1857-1924), stationer and publisher, of Marion Crescent, Selkirk.

[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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