5 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull blowy day W. [wind] with some heavy rain in afternoon: fair at night. Several minor at Home including removal of a … + part of a little finger in Peter Henry.1 Finished my Summary cards + extracted … … Helen2 had Miss Chrystal3 up from Melrose + went to the Picture Ho. with Mrs Mack4 + Mrs Simpson.5 Doig, Galashiels died yesterday.6

1 Peter Henry (1880-1924), farm servant and ploughman, born 1880, Legerwood, Berwickshire, who was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Deepslaids, Selkirk, 1922 and who was recorded as ploughman at Fauldshope, Kirkhope on the 1911 Census and this seems to be corroborated by the birth record of Margaret Henry in 1902 at Mortonhall, Melrose where the couple had married the month before her birth [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/375, Selkirk County, page 375 of 611; 1911 Census 776/ 3/ 4, page 4 of 8; Margaret’s birth 1902 Henry, Margaret, Statutory registers Births 799/1 25); parents’ marriage Henry, Peter and Black, Anne Patterson, 1902, 799/1 3, Melrose] his birth, 1880, 749/ 4, Legerwood, Berwickshire; his death Henry, Peter, aged 44, 1924, 778/ 57, Selkirk.

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

3 Assume Alice Margaret Wilkie Chrystal (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend James Robert Chrystal and Margaret Sophia Chrystal née Riddell [sources: birth 1872, 419/ 8, Cults (Fife); death 1948, 427/ 21, Elie, Fife].

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

5 Margaret ‘Maggie’ Simpson née Watson, later Watson-Simpson (1857-1939), sister of Mrs Mack; the daughter of Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet and Agnes Watson née Simpson, she had married, 1877, James Cowie Simpson (d.1906), mining engineer.

6 William Doig (1859-1922), M.B., M.D. (Edin.), of Roxburgh Street, Galashiels [Galashiels Almanac and Directory] and at Bridge Street, Galashiels [1920 Valuation Roll]. Born 25 June 1859, died 3 December 1922, he was married to Jane Wilhelmina Gibson.

[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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