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

Winter fairly : a good coating of snow lying + a heavy shower during the day but more rain in evening some glints of sunshine. N.E. [but] very little wind. Was called out when dressing to Miss Lawrie, Pinegrove who had a s. (Chlor. + forceps) at 8.50.1 Saw town cases walking. Geo. Douglas, Chapel Street’s boy Jas.2 sent to Hospital (S3). I had intended going to Bric-a-brac4 with Helen5 + Mrs Mack6 but I had people in from 6 till 7.30 + didn’t feel inclined. Bella7 got my ticket + I spent a cosy 2 hours at the kitchen fire reading the report of Conference of Panel Committees.8

1 John Laurie, born 28 October 1922 at Pinegrove, Selkirk, the son of George Laurie, woollen mill engineman, and Elizabeth Jane Douglas Laurie née King, married 16 April 1910 at 35 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

2 Assume James Douglas (1914-1966), born 19 Chapel Street, Selkirk, son of George Douglas, woollen mill worker, and Georgina Douglas née Henderson, married 14 November 1913 at Selkirk.

3 Presumably Scarlet fever, of which (with Diphtheria) there had been a prolonged outbreak in Selkirk.

4 The Bric-a-Bracs, “Edinburgh’s Premier Entertainers” were at the Victoria Hall on 28 October 1922, tickets from James Lewis, stationer, and according to the advertisement in the Southern Reporter 26 October there was a “Great Treat In Store” which the report of the event said brought something new and that “although ‘new’ things are not always welcomed by the ‘Souters’ they were not long in appreciating this particular novelty” which provided a most “cheery, breezy, interesting, and amusing Pierrot entertainment” [report ‘The “Bric-a-Bracs” – The Victoria Hall’ in Southern Reporter 2 November 1922].

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

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

7 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper, daughter of James Paulin, groom, and Grace Paulin née Cranston, born Ladykirk, Berwickshire.

8 Precisely which meeting of the British Medical Association this was is unclear.

[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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