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

Although the weathercock pointed S.W. it was no warmer but there was hardly a breath of wind. There was hoar frost on slates + an occasional glint of sun : fog at times + slight rain all afternoon. The usual trivial town list but a [illegible] in the shape of a message (from Mauldsheugh) to see a maid at Harewoodglen where I cycled. Wrote Rennie1 + sent him, Jean1 + Dora2 copies of the Border Telegraph (which Mrs Mack3 gave me) with an account of Monday’s affair.4 Helen5 cycled to Melrose + had tea with the Johnstones formerly of Chapelhope.6 Nancy7 started with her but turned for the rain.

1 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister, of Ladyton, Prestwick and widower of Catherine Stewart ‘Kate’ Rennie née Muir (1829-1915), Dr Muir’s sister.

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter.

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter.

4 It was the semi-jubilee social meeting at the Victoria Hall on Monday 23 October 1922 for the Reverend 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.

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

6 John Johnstone (about 1866-), farmer, was at Chapelhope, Ettrick in the 1911 Census with Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Johnstone née Irwin (about 1871-) his wife, born Canada (they married 20 June 1888 at Miniota, Manitoba), and their children Victoria Winona Johnstone, later Linton (1889-1957), James Johnstone (1891-), Robert Aubrey David Johnstone (1899-1978) and Noreen Irwin Johnstone (1909-2002) plus John’s sister Charlotte Johnstone, but the Editor cannot match this to a family at Melrose post-war. Victoria was married and at Gilmanscleuch in the 1921 Census and her sister Noreen was staying with the Linton family too, but the rest of the family are, as yet, unidentified in the 1921 Census.

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter.

[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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