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

Cycled up to Inch, Broadmeadows1 + told his daughter who is a nurse2 to get him prepared for an operation. David3 came home at 12 + arranged for Walker to come out at 5 4. Leaving at 1 I motored (taking Peter5) to Ettrickbridgend, Hyndhope (Mrs Jo. Anderson6), Tushielaw (Mrs Swan rather worse7), Mt Benger Cottages + Broadmeadows (Baptie8 + Peter had their tea with them). It was an easy operation + I got back before 6. David went out of his way somehow coming home from Shandon9.

1 Inch is unidentified, though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year.

2 Inch’s daughter is also unidentified.

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

4 Walker, presumably a specialist medical practitioner, is unidentified.

5 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.

6 Christina Anderson née Nichol or Nicol (1877-1923), born at Milnholm, Langholm, Dumfries, daughter of Robert Nichol, shepherd, and Isabella Nichol née Armstrong and second wife of John Anderson (1861-1949), farmer and farm manager; they had married 30 November 1900 at Aberlosk, Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and in 1922 John Anderson was Inhabitant Occupier at Hyndhope, Kirkhope [Valuation Roll].

7 Dr Muir had seen Christina Verity (sometimes Verite) Swan née Grieve (1879-1967) on the 17 August; the daughter of Norman William Grieve and Charlotte Adelaide Grieve née Verity; she had married Percivale ‘Percival’ Swan (1878-1964), Chartered Consulting Engineer, at Kensington, June Quarter 1913 [sources: marriage Kensington 1a 233; death Mar 1967 Camelford 7a 28].

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

9 David Graham had been at Shandon the day before.

[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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