The most summerlike day since the beginning of June. Constant sunshine: slight S. wind + no rain. Cycled to Cannon Street. Waited till Kennedy1 rang me up about 12 to report on Geo. Heard’s Swab.2 He found a few D.B.3 I had to go to Essenside to see the other boy4 who had indigestion + feverishness. Had a very nice run there + returned by Henhouse. Sat in the bower a good while + read in the afternoon. Got a good few strawberries. Victoria Keeling5 died at Newarkburn this morning. Her uncle David Baillie6 called.
1 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924.
2 George Heard junior (1917-2006), of Essenside, Ashkirk had been ill at the turn of the year, see for example Dr Muir’s diary entry for 4 January 1922, and appears to have relapsed; he was the son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914, Hawick [birth, 1917, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick].
3 D.B. is unidentified but is presumably an indication of some sort of positive test for a medical condition.
4 Presumably Robert Heard (1920-), born Wester Essenside, Ashkirk, 1 June 1920, younger son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914, Hawick [birth, 1921, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick].
5 Victoria Ann Keeling (1887-1922), daughter of Mary Potts Baillie and John Keeling, died 7 September 1922 aet 35 at Newarkburn, Selkirk, the home of her maternal grandfather Sandy Baillie, of Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism) certified by Dr J S Muir M.B.; in 1911 Mary P Keeling, widow, aged 53, was living at Newark Burn [sic] with her parents [source: 1911 Census 778/ 13/ 1, page 1 of 8].
6 David Baillie (1874-), scholar, aged 7, living at Newark Burn [sic] with his parents and siblings including Mary Potts Baillie (1881) and joiner’s apprentice, aged 17, living at Newark Burn [sic] with his parents (1891) but not traced thereafter [source: 1881 Census 778/ 11/ 6, page 6 of 12].
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]