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

Still raining this morning but faired about 10 + was moderately fine all day with some sun in afternoon but still cold. N.E. + N. Went round the town in the car. Got my hair cut. Message to Mrs Kemp, Rock Cottage.1 Dined at Elmpark2. Letter from Helen.3 Wrote her + also to Jack4 to ask if he could take me for a couple of nights.

1 Assume Elizabeth Linton Kemp née Hope (about 1861-1933), wife of George Kemp (about 1862-1939), woollen pattern weaver, married 8 February 1884 at Rock Cottage, Forest Road, Selkirk (her address but a property of which Henry Otto Kemp was the Proprietor – he was a woollen pattern weaver and presumably a relative, though there were many men named Henry Otto Kemp in Selkirk so precise identification has proved impossible) [sources: marriage, Kemp, George and Hope, Elizabeth L, 1884, 778/ 4, Selkirk; 1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/295, Selkirk Burgh, page 295 of 644].

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

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

4 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, on holiday with his family at Alnmouth, Northumberland from 30 August (it is not clear where his wife was), see diary entries for 30 August and 19 September 1922.

[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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