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

Was there ever such a season? It rained + drizzled in fog + mist the whole day fairing in the late afternoon. There was one of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen. I motored to Cacrabank (Mrs Wood1), Mirelees (Agnes Hope2) + Crosslee (Walt. Amos3) getting home about 1.40. Made up a parcel of clothes for Alnmouth + sent it by parcelpost.4 Went to Mauldsheugh5 at 4 where there was a big gathering of people to meet + hear Graham’s father.6 I had to go out before dinner to see Alec Beattie’s baby who died when I was there.7

1 Mrs Wood is unidentified but Peter Wood was Tenant of Shootings at Shorthope, Ettrick but does not appear to have been recorded at Cacrabank itself [1923 Valuation Rolls VR011700009-/416, Selkirk County, page 416 of 611].

2 James Hope, shepherd, was Inhabitant Occupier at Merelees, Ettrick [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/365, Selkirk County, page 365 of 611].

3 Walter Amos, roadman, was Inhabitant Occupier at Quave Burn Cottage, Chapelhope, Ettrick [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011700009-/366, Selkirk County, page 366 of 611]

4 Dr Muir was preparing for 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.

5 Dr Graham junior Dr Muir’s co-partner was tenant occupier of house and grounds at Mauldsheugh, 23 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk.

6 The Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), father of Dr Muir’s co-partner David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963); he was the founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931.

7 Joan Dickson Beattie died 21 September 1922 at 3 Hill Street, Selkirk, aged 10 days, of “Congenital debility 10 days” certified by John S Muir M.B. etc; she was the daughter of Alexander Turnbull ‘Alex’ Beattie, woollen pressman, and Joan Stoddart Beattie née Dickson who had married 24 November 1904 at Selkirk.

[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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