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

A better day + no rain. Sunny up till mid afternoon + quite mild. David1 was to have had several operations but 2 of them had to be deferred. He opened a cervical abscess in Muriel Yellowlees2 + took out a tonsil for Isa Beattie.3 Nancy4 + I had a nice walk to Gala Rigg, Greenhill + back through Haining.5 Helen6 cycled to Gilmanscleuch.7

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

2 Assume Muriel Yellowlees (1913-2010), born 29 May 1913 at Whinfield, Selkirk, the daughter of Alfred George Yellowlees, timber merchant, and Helen Violet Yellowlees née Dunn who had married 5 June 1907 at Selkirk.

3 If the reading of Beattie is correct then, even assuming this refers to a younger person, there are two Isabella Beattie children recorded in the 1911 Census.

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

5 Dr Muir and Nancy walked to Gala Rigg, ESE of Selkirk then southwards to Greenhill, area of grid reference NGR NT484,253 and back to Haining and Selkirk, probably via Braw Gates (the Braw Yett), NT479,261 and across the Hartwoodburn Road at NT474,268.

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

7 Helen could be visiting a number of different households at Gilmanscleuch, Kirkhope. but the likeliest are the Linton family or Miss Lizzie Elliot, teacher and Tenant Occupier of the Schoolhouse and Garden [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/374, Selkirk County, page 374 of 611].

[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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