6 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another nice day with just a threatening [?] of rain about 11.15. Message to see Vict. Keeling1 at Newarkburn. Took Peter + came back by Bowhill. Found the upper lake entry + the road by the under one2 + along to Carterhaugh3 very muddy + cut up. Came home by Gib. + Lum.4 + Hospital. Vict. Keeling very ill. Ailie Boyd Wilson5 at lunch. Ordered a Celluloid Truss from Salt + Sons.6

1 Victoria Ann Keeling (1887-1922), daughter of Mary Potts Baillie and John Keeling; her mother was the daughter of Alexander ‘Sandy’ Baillie, carpenter of Newarkburn, and Ann Potts while her father was from Ingestre Village, Staffordshire and at his marriage in November 1884 he had been described as “Usher of the Hall Domestic Servant” (very possibly at Ingestre Hall, a house belonging to the Chetwynd-Talbot family, Earls of Shrewsbury and Viscounts Ingestre) [Victoria’s birth June Quarter 1887 Stafford 6b 24; her death 1922 778/ 71 Selkirk]

2 The Upper Lake and Lower Lake (Loch on some maps) on the Bowhill estate are SE of the house and may be seen at grid reference kilometre square NGR NT4227 and on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.NE and Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.SE, both published 1900.

3 Carterhaugh is ESE of Lower Lake at grid reference NGR NT437268 and is visible on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.SE, published 1900.

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

5 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne (1890-1955).

6 Salt & Son were medical suppliers in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

[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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