4 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very mild this morning but had been raining : Kept fair till evening when it threatened to drizzle. I motored to Goslaw Green, Ettrick + Heather Mills + then on to Mount Benger + back by the Swire to Fauldshope.1 Dav.2 came in when I was having my tea to ask the way to Newcastleton having got a message to see Mrs Barton3 at Burnmouth.4 I went to meeting of Committee re Presentation to Mr Ross.5 They have collected £80. Got illustrated programme from Guy6 of the meeting held in connection with the Centenary of Junction Road U.P. Church7 of which Father was the first minister.8 Wrote Helen, Dora9 + Norman Grieve.10

1 Mountbenger, grid reference NGR NT309,253, over the Swire though NT369,259 to Fauldshope, Kirkhope, NT414,255, where Dr Muir had been attending the Wilson family.

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

3 Burnmouth, Castleton Parish, grid reference NGR NY554,955, between Old Castleton and Saughtree.

4 Miss Bessie Barton (1877-1935), daughter of John Barton and Ann Barton née Scott; Bessie was Proprietor and Occupier of the farm and house at Burnmouth, Castleton [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/657, Roxburgh County, page 657 of 993].

5 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland minister, who moved to Selkirk in 1903 and was there until his retiral with the exception of a period in early 1918 when he was in France with the Scottish Churches Huts.

6 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother.

7 On 30 April 1822 the “Relief Congregation Leith” was founded and it was agreed in 1923 to build a place of worship on the “the proposed new Road” which was going to be called either St Anthony’s Road or Junction Road but was called Great Junction Street after the Church was built [The History of Leith].

8 The timeline of the St Thomas Junction Road Church notes “1823 The first Minister, the Rev. Francis Muir, is called and ordained” [The History of Leith].

9 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters.

10 Assume Norman William Grieve who appears to have moved to (or taken an interest in property in) the Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire areas around 1911; it is feasible that he is the Norman William Grieve (about 1852-1936), born Hawick, who worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea companies according to A Hawick Word Book), he left £308,574.

[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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