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

No improvement in the weather : thick mist all day. Wind E. Message to Fauldshope for Mrs Jas. Wilson1[and] motored up. Went to meeting of Division with David2 who read a paper on types of appendicitis. Got back at 6 to get a’phone from Hiddleston3 that Jo. Mitchell of Mt Benger4 had been injured in a motor smash : that he had attended to him but that he would have to be seen tonight so I motored up there. He had been a good deal knocked about but there were no serious injuries. The driver of the car with which he collided was Major Keswick of Mabie.5

1 Assume Maggie Jane Wilson née Young, formerly a school teacher, who had married James Wilson, farmer, of Fauldshope, Kirkhope, at Brucefield Farm, Dunfermline on 11 October 1911; James Wilson was the son of William Wilson, farmer, and Lilias Wilson née Tod.

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), L.R.C.P.S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner; he had served in the Royal Navy (invalided out 23 March 1916) and “purchased the Panel and Private practice of the late Dr John Wilson, Selkirk.”

4 Assume John Hume Mitchell (1883-1940), farmer, who was tenant of various properties at Mountbenger and Bengerburnhope, Yarrow [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/389, Selkirk County, page 389 of 611]: he was the son of James Mitchell, farmer, and Helen Mitchell née Nichol, and married to Elizabeth Beatrice Scott.

5 Major Keswick is unidentified but was almost certainly one of the sons of James Johnstone Keswick (1845–1914), Scottish businessman in China and Hong Kong and sometime head of Jardine Matheson & Co., and Marion ‘Minnie’ Parkes (about 1860-1949); Marion was at Mabie, Troqueer, Dumfries [1920 and 1925 Valuation Rolls]

[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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