2 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Baptie1 cut branches of Rowan Tree.

The keenest frost as yet. The road puddles were frozen and where shaded did not melt. There was a strong N.W. wind + nearly continuous sunshine. Slight hail shower at 3 + after dark rain + sleet. Cycled to Whitehope2 to a man Redpath3 + found it was Menzies4 whom they wanted. Came back to Cannon Street, Allanlea5 + Hospital. Nancy6 came to stay with us while Jack7 is in London. Papers full of nothing but political meetings + candidature.8

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir.

2 Assume Whitehope Farm, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT356,278.

3 Assume Robert Redpath, ploughman, Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Whitehope, Yarrow [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/389, Selkirk County, page 389 of 611].

4 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M., M.D., medical practitioner, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk.

5 Dr Muir had been attending Allanlea, Caddonfoot, Proprietors the Trustees of the late Thomas Douglas Dobson and the occupier Mrs Agnes Dobson, widow (see diary entries for 17 and 18 September 1922) but the identity of the patient may become clearer when the 1921 Census is published later this year [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011700009-/362, Selkirk County, page 362 of 611].

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law.

8 This is a bit of an exaggeration but the papers did cover the election thoroughly, as one would expect.

[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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