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

Dull + sunless : raining in evening. Cycled with Peter1 to Dryden cottage returning via N. Sinton + Birkwood Entries 2. Peter road rode all the hills that I did + talked most of the time. Had tea at Wellwood3. Norman Grieve4 + Mr Swan5 were there + David6 came on my invitation to come up here after for a talk about cases but he had to go to Wellwood Mrs Mack7 + Erskine8 came to supper + Dav. looked again in but again couldn’t stay as he had to go to Fala’s [illegible word].

1 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.

2 Dryden Cottage, approximate grid reference NGR NT475,233, North Sinton, NT485,236, and Birkwood Entries, NT493,238 (Birkwood farmstead, Canmore ID 341741 but now demolished, was at NT494,236); all locations are visible on the lower half of Ordance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIII (and parts of Selkirkshire Sheets XI), published 1863.

3 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, was the home of Dr Muir’s daughter Nancy Roberts and her family.

4 Norman William Grieve (1852-1936), Hawick-born, worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea businesses according to Douglas Scott in ‘A Hawick Word Book’) and left £308,574.

5 Percivale ‘Percival’ Swan (1878-1964), consulting engineer and husband of Christina Verity (sometimes Verite) Swan née Grieve (1879-1967), thus Norman William Grieve’s son-in-law.

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

7 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

8 James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson, later Mackintosh; brother of Agnes Durnford née Harper.

[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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