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

A dull drizzling morning which gave little hope of improvement + yet ultimately turned out a fine day. By midday the sun came out + it was quite pleasant. Saw a few town cases including Heather Mill + Hospital. Left at 1.30 in a charabanc of Amos1 with 17 V.A.D.s2, Helen3 + Peter4, nurse Mann5 + Effie Amos6 from Viewfield + went to Galashiels where we picked up Miss Ella Connochie7 + went on via Gattonside, Bemersyde, Mertoun Bridge + Maxton to Penielheugh8. We had some difficulty getting water for tea + had to carry it from Eddington9 [sic] the keeper’s cottage fully ½ mile where I also got the key of the tower. After tea we went up the Tower + had a glorious though not complete vista. We returned via Lilliard’s Edge + St. Boswells. They all enjoyed the outing. It was about 8.30 when we got back.

1 Andrew Amos (1896-1975), motor bus proprietor at Selkirk [Valuation Roll 1925] after war service with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers was later in business with Harry Brook as Messrs Brook & Amos, motor bus proprietors but apparently turned to farming later in life, perhaps made possible by his marriage to a farmer’s daughter; the son of William Amos, shepherd, and Isabella Amos née Turnbull, and husband of Agnes Esther Wilhelmina Dalgliesh (1896-1971) of Traquair [sources: Private Andrew Amos of Caitha Toll, Bowland, Stow, discharge date: 9 Sep 1919, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, Pension Record Ledger 1/MA/2894; Tenant Occupier, house ‘Kirkbrae’ 16 Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, 1925 Valuation Roll, VR007900013-/65, Selkirk Burgh, page 65 of 315: Kennington, Fred (2022), ‘‘Mystery’ Double Decker Running Between Spittal And Berwick In June 1922’ http://www.berwickfriends.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Double-deck-bus-in-Berwick-in-1922.pdf%5D.

2 Dr Muir was the Commandant of the 2nd Selkirkshire Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) which evidently continued to meet and hold events.

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

4 Peter Allan was evidently a charge of Dora’s, but is not (yet) identified.

5 Nurse Mann is not (yet) unidentified.

6 Assume Euphemia Thripland ‘Euphie’ Amos (1897-1954), daughter of Walter Rutherford Amos, powerloom tuner, and Charlotte Amos née Yule, married 1896 at Galashiels.

7 Assume (based on the reference to Galashiels) that this refers to Ellen Laidlaw ‘Ella’ Connochie, later Dun, later Tod (1897-1969), daughter of Thomas Dixon Connachie and Agnes Murray Connochie née Hope but note that her cousin Ellen Laidlaw ‘Helen’ Connochie, daughter of William Dixon Connachie and Janet Johnstone Connochie née Crosbie, was born at Selkirk in 1898 [birth birth, Connochie, Ellen Laidlaw, 1897, 775/ 202, Galashiels; Connochie, Ellen Laidlaw, 1898, 778/ 49, Selkirk; death, Ellen Connochie, later Dun, later Tod, 1969, 685/5 799, George Square].

8 The party has visited the Penielheugh Monument, also known as the Waterloo Monument, at Crailing, Roxburghshire, Canmore ID 56965 and grid reference NGR NT65367,26304.

9 Assume James William Rennie Edington (1882-1968), gamekeeper, who was Inhabitant Occupier of a house and land at Penielheugh, Crailing; he was born in Hampshire, married Ann Mitchell Swanston at Edinburgh 14 April 1914 (at which time he was of Ivy Lodge, Mellerstain) and died at Croydon, Surrey, and in his Short Service Attestation dated 1915, Regimental Number 91141, The Royal School of Artillery, he was recorded as of Woodside, Monteviot, Ancrum Roxburghshire [birth: Mar 1882 New Forest 2b 714; marriage: Edington, James William R and Swanston, Ann Mitchell, 1914, 685/3 97, Canongate; British Army World War I Service Records, 1914-1920; 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/834, Roxburgh County, page 834 of 993; death: James W R Edington, aged 86, Oct Quarter 1968, Croydon, Greater London, 5a 748].

[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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