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

Another dull dry cold day + the wind like turning to W. in afternoon. Hutton1 left by the 9.13. I walked round with him to ask for Ross2 + found him seeing off his two brothers who were motoring home.3 Cycled to Goslaw Green, Hospital, Cannon Street + Forest Road. During afternoon had to go along to Emond, Chapel Street.4 Dr Graham (Senr)5 called with Norah6 to say goodbye. Mrs Mack7 called with her usual gifts of food of various kinds. Helen8 cycled to Melrose to the the Kennedys.9

1 The Reverend John Riddell Hutton (1878-1938), of the United Free Church Manse, Stow and Moderator of the Presbytery of Galashiels, son of William Hutton, U.P. Minister, and Mary Hutton née Thomas who had married 27 March 1861 at Mauchline.

2 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland clergyman, 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.

3 The Ross brothers are as yet unidentified.

4 Assume Miss Joan Emond of 21 Chapel Street, Selkirk; who is perhaps Joan Emond (1877-1964).

5 The Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931; he had been staying with his son Dr David Graham in Selkirk.

6 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner.

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

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

9 The Kennedys are unidentified because though Arthur Leslie Kennedy, traveller, of Ellerslie, Melrose is recorded in the 1925 Valuation Roll the family is not a good ‘fit’ and the 1921 Census (not yet published in Scotland) would probably be helpful here.

[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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