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

Colder. There had been slight rain early. Fine dry sunny day with N.E. wind. Was called along when dressing to Henderson, Goslaw Green + found the child dead.1 Walked in town Forest Road, Cannon Street, Forest Mill, Curror Street. In the afternoon read up Dr Lawson’s Life2 for material for Monday night.3 Madge Ogilvie4 called professionally. Dr Kennnedy5 called. Helen6 cycled to call for Ann Scott at Hawkshaw.7 Gave Madge Ogilvie “Adventure Square”8 for her husband.9

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 Assume the Reverend John McFarlane (1862), ‘The Life And Times of George Lawson, D.D., Selkirk, Professor Of Theology To The Associate Synod’, Edinburgh, William Oliphant And Co.

3 Dr Muir was researching information for the semi-jubilee social meeting at the Victoria Hall on Monday 23 October 1922 in honour of the Reverend Dr Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland clergyman, who had 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.

4 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of W H Ogilvie; the family stayed at Kirklea, Ashkirk.

5 Assume William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire from 1921 until about 1924, he also worked in public health roles at Craiglockhart, Croydon and Selkirkshire, saw service in the R.A.M.C., and wrote a sanitary history of the Northern Russia Expeditionary Force before his career as a G.P. in Cheshire (very close to some of Dr Muir’s relatives) and was the grandson of David Kennedy (1825–1886), Scottish tenor vocalist and concert giver (see David Baptie, Ed. (1894) ‘Musical Scotland Past and Present’, Paisley, J & R Parlane) thus a nephew of Marjory Kennedy Fraser (1857-1930), Scottish singer, composer, music teacher and Gaelic folk song collector [Reference: ”W. N. W. Kennedy, O.B.E., M.D., M.R.C.P.Ed. D.P.H.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 5276, BMJ, 1962, pp. 491–491]

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

7 Ann Scott of Hawkshaw is as yet unidentified.

8 ‘Adventure Square’, poems by Jean Frances Guthrie Smith (1895-1949), daughter of John Guthrie Smith (1868-1923), W.S. and Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie; she published Adventure Square, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1922.

9 William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets.

[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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