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

A better day : fair amount of sunshine but still the same cold N. wind. Cycled round the town + then out to West Essenside.1 Felt rather fagged + stopped in the Dryden quarry2 for a rest + a smoke. Had to go [to] Hospital a 2 time to see a boy McWilliam who had been delirious + got out of the ward quite naked + cut his head.3 Went to a performance of ‘A Nicht’s Wark’ in Victoria Hall4 with Mrs Mack5 + Erskine6. Sent truss away to Salt + Son.7

1 Dr Muir had been attending the Heard family at West Essenside, Ashkirk, grid reference NGR NT442,201.

2 Signs of the quarry are visible on the east side of the A7 as one travels northwards up the hill past Ashkirk and the Dryden farm entry, see image below.

3 Assume Robert James McWilliam (1917-1983), see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 13 September 1922.

4 A Nicht’s Wark, a “very clever little Border sketch” had been produced previously the winter before and on this occasion preceded the Cricket Club Jubilee Ball at the Victoria Hall [Southern Reporter, 21 September 2022].

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

6 James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson, later Mackintosh; brother of Agnes Durnford née Harper.

7 Salt & Son were medical suppliers in Edinburgh and Glasgow from whom Dr Muir had acquired a celluloid truss which was uncomfortable, see diary entries for 6 and 8 September 1922.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

Ordnance Survey Selkirkshire Sheet XVI.NW & NE, pub. 1900

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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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