18 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightful summer like day : calm sunny : duller in afternoon. Willie Thomson came down from Pine Cottage about his sister Nelly1 at 2.30 a.m. saw her early, cycling, + went down to Hospital + Sloebank.2 Then I had a delightful walk to Whitmuir (Mrs Neil T.100 but no bad symptoms3) + Curling.4 Got back at 3.20 via Castle Street. Went down to Hospital a second time at 6, a little girl from Gala Rig ill with Diphtheria.5

1 Pine Cottage is not identified but the best matches for the individuals are William Thomson (about 1892-), stone mason and Nellie Thomson (about 1900-), weaver who both lived with their mother at 6 Tait’s Hill, Selkirk (identified in other sources as Pine Cottage).

2 Sloethornbank, Selkirk, looking down over St Mary’s Mill from Ettrick Terrace and shown as Sloethorn Bank on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.1, published 1899.

3 Christina Neil née Scott of Whitmuir who had given birth to a daughter on 16 January 1923.

4 Curling, Bowden, Roxburghshire, grid reference NGR NT517,261, visible on Ordnance Survey 25 inch Roxburghshire Sheet nXII.5, published 1921.

5 This refers to Margaret Paterson (1916-) of Damside, Galashiels, the daughter of Joseph Paterson, woollen millworker employed in 1921 by Robert Sanderson tweed manufacturers and sometime Lance Corporal 151167 [sic, sources give 20018], 2nd Royal Scots, and Jessie Paterson née Douglas, married 17 October 1902 at Galashiels. She was very much a ‘late baby’ with her four siblings born between 1903 and 1909 and her father was approaching 50 when she was born.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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