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

Was knocked up at 4.15 a.m. to see John Anderson’s kid at Craighill.1 She was not seriously ill. It was a very dark wet night but calm + mild + I didn’t feel the least cold the whole journey. Got back a little after 8. Walked to Chapel Street, Cannon Street, Hospital + Curror Street. Motored to Newarkburn (little John Barrie2 much [illegible] by 8 gr Bromide powder) + back to Philiphaugh for lunch. Asked Sam3 for the empty Philiphaugh Cottage for Mrs Brown + he promised to give it.4 Went to evening service. Jack, Nancy,5 Louise6 + Mrs Mack7 were at supper.

1 Assume Johan ‘Joan’ Muir Anderson, later Chisholm (1921-2009), who Dr Muir had attended 28 September 1922. She was born 1 August 1921 at Craighill, Ettrick, daughter of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, and Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson, married 7 March 1919, Ettrick [birth 1921, 774/B 5, Ettrick].

2 John McMillan Barrie (1914-1932), one of a pair of twins born 7 June 1914 at Fauldshope, sons of Alexander Barrie, shepherd, and Jessie Barrie née McMillan, married 7 June 1912 at Carnwath. In the 1921 Census they were all recorded at Shepherd’s House, Newarkburn, Selkirk.

3 Major Samuel Strang ‘Sam’ Steel (1882-1961), M.P., of Philiphaugh.

4 It is not clear who Mrs Brown was. The 1923 Valuation Rolls for Philiphaugh record two empty cottages but no tenant named Brown.

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

6 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), one of Dr Muir’s granddaughters.

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

[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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