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

Colder today but quite dry N.W. wind. John Anderson1 died this afternoon having fallen down the stair at Anderson the Barbers2 + fractured his skull. I walked in the town + to Hospital. + during the afternoon worked at the maps making out mileage to Alnmouth +c.3 Sent Celluloid truss back to Salt + Son.4 Paid a call of £50 from Argentine Oil Fields.5

1 John Anderson, retired grocer, widower of Christina Dodds, died 20 September 1922, aged 85, at Sylvan Park, Elm Row, Selkirk, of “Fracture of skull from a fall a few hours” death notified by John Anderson, his son, of Thirladean, Castle Road, Cathcart, Lanarks and certified by John S Muir M.B. etc [John Anderson, 85, 1922, 778/ 73, Selkirk].

2 The Editor is not very confident that this is the correct reading but cannot find anything in ScotlandsPeople that would point to anything else and the Register Of Corrected Entries does not help either.

3 Dr Muir was planning a trip to the Northumberland coast where John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, was on holiday with his family at Alnmouth, Northumberland from 30 August (it is not clear where his wife was but this seems to have been a ‘boys’ holiday), see diary entries for 30 August and 19 September 1922.

4 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, 8, 15 and 19 September 1922.

5 The Editor cannot identify a business named Argentine Oil Fields.

[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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