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

Very pleasant day with sharp E. wind. Inclined to drizzle at night. Made 11 town calls including Viewfield. Cycled there, W. Port, Heatherlieburn, Thirladean, Philiphaugh (Willie1 fell from his bike on Sat. + cut his head). Saw Mrs S.2 Called at Ravensheugh + had a long crack with Nelly Lang3. Came round by Raeburn Place, Curror Street, + Knowepark. After tea cycled to Kirklea to see Wendy4 but she was out. Town still very quiet. Note from Kitty Muriel5 offering visit this week.

1 Assume Fiennes William Steel (1912-1992), son of Sir Samuel Strang Steel of Philiphaugh, 1st Baronet, and the Hon. Vere Mabel Cornwallis.

2 Assume Vere Mabel Steel née Cornwallis (1889–1964), see previous footnote.

3 Nelly Lang has not been identified (though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year) but the Editor assumes that she was part of the household at Ravensheugh, Selkirk, where in 1922 the tenant was William Caxton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/380, Selkirk County, page 380 of 611].

4 The Muir & Graham medical partnership had removed Margaret Deloraine ‘Wendy’ Ogilvie’s tonsils on 4 August; she was the daughter of William Henry Ogilvie and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson and the family stayed at Kirklea, Ashkirk.

5 Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece; married to Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker, they were on leave from China.

[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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