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

Weather if possible worse. Dense mist + rain all day. Motored to Raeburn Place + Mt Benger in the forenoon and in afternoon had to go down to Bridgelands to see old Jas. Hardie.1 In today’s paper I was astounded to see the death of Luke 2, formerly of Peebles Hydro, only 49.3 Sandie Roberts4 has asked me to dine at the Forest Club on Sunday. Wore my celluloid truss today + found it fairly comfortable.

1 James Hardie (about 1841-1922), retired ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 Valuation Roll.

2 Thomas Davey Luke (1873-1922), M.B., Ch.B, F.R.C.S. Edin., Medical Practitioner, born Illogan or Kenwyn, Cornwall, studied Queen’s Belfast and London, at Shandwick Place, Edinburgh in 1905 and at Venlaw, St Ronan’s, Peeblesshire in 1920, died St Brenda’s Nursing Home, Clifton, Bristol, 25 September 1922 (there is a picture of St Brenda’s in 1924 here); Dr Muir may have seen him last when Luke attended a medics’ dinner on 19 March 1920 at which Dr Muir was the croupier [sources: statutory BMDs; 1920 Valuation Roll; UK & Ireland, Medical Directory 1905 for Thos. Davey Luke].

3 Thomas Luke packed a lot into his relatively short life: the Wellcome Collection notes 13 publications and even by 1905 his curriculum vitae in the Medical Directory suggested an energetic perhaps even restless individual) [UK & Ireland, Medical Directory 1905 for Thos. Davey Luke].

4 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandie’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, the third son of the late George Roberts (about 1798-1877), woollen manufacturer and Provost of the burgh of 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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