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

A little snow lying this morning + Peat Law +c which were quite clear yesterday, were white today. There was no frost + the roads were very muddy. Saw some town cases walking + cycled to Fauldshope to see Mrs Jas. Wilson + vaccinate baby.1 Came round by Gilkeekit (to see a Mrs Johnston whom D. attended last night2), Cannon Street. Dunsdale. Nancy + Helen3 walked to Middlestead4 + went to the Pictures at night.

1 Eileen Anne Wilson was born 1 October 1922 at Fauldshope, Kirkhope, the daughter of James Wilson, farmer, and Maggie Jane Wilson née Young, of Fauldshope (see Dr Muir’s diary entries for 1 and 2 October 1922); her parents had married 11 October 1911 at Brucefield Farm, Dunfermline, Fife.

2 Robert Johnston, carter, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Gilkeekit, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll] and it is probable that this is the wood carter husband of Agnes Mary Johnston née Brander who gave birth to a daughter Barbara May Johnston at 00.30 hours on 3 November 1922 at Carterhaugh Cottages, Selkirk; the parents had married 4 June 1920 at 19 Mansionhouse Road, Newington, Edinburgh.

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second daughter and his third daughter and sometime housekeeper respectively.

4 Middlestead, south west of Selkirk at grid reference NGR NT452,264.

[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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