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

Misty morning but fine + sunny after 12. Henderson’s child no better.1 Walked to Tait’s Hill + Greenfoot.2 Drew £65 from Bank for various accts + books including £25-4-6 to Grierson + Taylor for last year + this.3 Cycled to Ashybank, Galashiels (M. Paton4), Bridgelands (old Jas. Hardie near the end5) + Hospital where another case of Diph was admitted6. Looked up my diaries for notes of Ross’s induction7 +c.8 Mrs Mack9, Helen + Nancy10 went to Picture Ho.

1 Agnes Henderson died 17 October 1922 at 4 Goslaw Green, Selkirk, aged 1 year 5 months, of “Meningitis 10 days” certified by John S Muir “M.B. +c”; her parents were Edward Henderson, foreman woollen spinner, and Mary Elizabeth Henderson nee Murray.

2 Greenfoot is unidentified.

3 Grierson & Taylor are as yet unidentified.

4 Marion Paton (about 1841-1940), living with her sister Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) “on their own means” [1901 Census] but, to judge by the community appeal for funds to assist in their flit to Galashiels in May 1918, struggling with a limited income.

5 Assume James Hardie (about 1841-1922), ploughman (retired) and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 whom Dr Muir had been attending for a while.

6 There had been an extended outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever in Selkirk.

7 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland clergyman, 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; he was married to Elizabeth Elder Sinclair.

8 Dr Muir was researching information for Mr Ross’s semi-jubilee social meeting at the Victoria Hall on Monday 23 October 1922.

9 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

10 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second daughter and his third daughter and sometime housekeeper respectively.

[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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