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

Felt much better + the pleurodynia almost gone : but the exterior muscles of my thigh very sore from the walking on Thursday1. This was a lovely warm sunny day till afternoon when it clouded over + by 9 p.m. it was raining again. I walked walked to Viewfield, Knowepark (Mrs Lawson died at 42), Gib. + Lum.3, Buccleuch Road, Forest Road + Chapel Place. Read a little while in the garden + later did some work at record cards. Mrs Mackintosh4 came to dinner. Baptie5 took Mary, Marjory6 + Peter7 in the car to Yarrow Show8.

1 See Dr Muir’s diary entries for 23, 24 and 25 August 1922.

2 Dr Muir’s own certification actually states 5.30 as the time of death aet 85 of 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.

3 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen textile manufacturer, at St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk.

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

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

6 Mary and Marjory are unidentified.

7 Peter Allan (if that is a correct reading) was evidently a charge of Dora’s, but is not (yet) identified.

8 The Yarrow & Ettrick Pastoral Society staged its inaugural show at the Gordon Arms in September 1906 – Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service holds records of both the Yarrow & Ettrick Pastoral Society (SBA/845) and its predecessor the Selkirkshire Farmer Club (SC/S/69 and SBA/45/1).

[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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