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

Fine untypical Xmas weather with a renewal of the cold weather. Heavy rain + wind most of the day. Saw 10 town cases including Hospital + Brown, Cannon Street.1 In afternoon wrote a long letter to Willie Rodger.2 I also sent greeting to Charlotte Rodger3 + Dorothy Muir.4 Dined at Wellwood.5 Erskine + Mrs Mack there.6 Nancy7 who has no servants gave me a cold but altogether delightful supper + we spent a very pleasant evening.

1 Assume Joseph Brown (1863-), spinner, worked for George Roberts & Co. in 1922, tenant of a house at Cannon Street, Selkirk, was recorded as living with his wife Christina Brown née McGill, born Bathgate, Linlithgow, and their children James Brown (1898-) and Catherine Stewart Morrison Brown (1904-).

2 Assume William Brydone ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959), son of George Rodger (about 1843-1885), solicitor, and Isabella Margaret or Maggie Rodger née Brydone; born Selkirk, he was later a stockbroker and was at Sevenoaks, Kent, 1911 Census and at Trey Lodge, Malling, Kent, 1939 England and Wales Register.

3 Assume Elizabeth Charlotte Rodger née Eck (about 1848-1928), born Chile (British Subject), daughter of Frederick A Eck and Janet Eck née Alexander, and wife of George Rodger (died 1910), shipping merchant, married Apr 1872, Kensington, Middlesex [Kensington 1a 241], she lived at Bridgelands, Selkirk.

4 Perhaps Dorothy Muir née Armitage (1873-1943), born Jun Quarter 1873, Altrincham Registration District, 8a 174, daughter of William Armitage, J.P., merchant, and Margaret Petrie Armitage née Mills. Dorothy married, 22 July 1909 at the Congregational Church, Bowden Downs, Bowden, Bucklow, Cheshire, Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, son of Gavin Struthers Muir, Presbyterian minister and had two children: Diana M Muir (Sep Quarter 1910, Bucklow, Cheshire, 8a 172) and Margaret H Muir (June Quarter 1913, Bucklow 8a 310).

5 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children.

6 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk and her son James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953).

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

[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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