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

Slates + footpaths wet but a fine dry day with a lot of sunshin: strongish N.W. wind. Motored to Yarrowfeus (Mrs Goodfellow died at 2 a.m.1), Dryhope – whence I walked to Dryhope-hope to see the wife of Thos. Graham the Shepherd2. She had cystitis. Then I went on to Henderland + saw Bette3. Came home in 55 mins. At 3 cycled to Bridgelands, Hospital + Ashybank. At 8.30 had to go to B’Meadows to see Inch4 who is threatened with appendicitis. They had ‘Phoned Graham5 at Shandon + he told them to ask me to go up + ‘Phone him which I did. Took Peter up Yarrow in the forenoon6.

1 Agnes Goodfellow, widow of John Goodfellow, feuar, died at 2 a.m., aged 76, at Plantain, Yarrowfeus, of “Senile Debility” certified by John S Muir M.B., C.M.; she was the daughter of Isaac Wyber, papermaker, and Christina Wyber née Affleck [1922 Statutory registers Deaths 779/1 4]

2 Thomas Graham, shepherd and Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Dryhope Hope, Yarrow; his wife is so far unidentified [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/390, Selkirk County, page 390 of 611]

3 Dr Muir noted that he had visited Elizabeth Mitchell at Henderland on 16 August and if this reading is correct it may be a contraction of Elizabeth; she remains unidentified, though Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell (1896-1966), daughter of James Mitchell senior and Margaret Mitchell née Mitchell was at Henderland, Megget, with her family in the 1911 Census.

4 Assume John William Gibson Inch (1866-1939), farmer, of Broadmeadows, son of Adam Inch, farmer, and Marion P Inch née Melrose, married 1865, Eddleston [760/5, Eddleston; John Inch was born 1866, Dunbar, married, 1stly, Jane White [White, Jane Brown, 1897, 738/4, Edrom, died 1906, Edrom] and, 2ndly, Catherine Grace Cairns [Cairns, Grace Kate, 1908, 768/4, Peebles], lived at Broadmeadows Farm, Selkirk around 1916-1921 (including 1921 Census), died 7 May 1939, at The Cottage, Pathhead, Crichton, Midlothian.

5 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner, described formally here so one suspects that Dr Muir wasn’t very happy with his co-partner.

6 Peter Allan [sic], evidently a charge of Dora’s, is 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/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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