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

Winter aconite1 in full bloom and snow drops out round the Rowan Tree

Delicious day with some showers but quite fresh. Very mild dull calm. Began to drizzle after midday + continued till evening. Did a list of 11 walking + motored cycled to Whitmuir.2 Got the first of the drizzle coming back. Mrs Neil all right. Paid accounts in afternoon. Before D.C.A.3 as Notary I filled an affidavit in connection with Napier’s Sequestration.4 Romanes + Munro5 intimate an early dividend. Had to go to Nether Whitlaw6 for Dav.7 at 5.45. He is kept a lot at Bowhill with the illness of the Duke’s boy.8

1 Eranthis hyemalis is Winter Aconite, also commonly known as Winter Hellebore.

2 Dr Muir had been attending Christina Neil née Scott of Whitmuir who had given birth to a daughter on 16 January 1923.

3 David Carnegie Alexander, ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor. The son of David Carnegie Alexander (about 1820-1881), solicitor, and Margaret Scott Alexander née Anderson, he married 1899, Edinburgh, Jane Florence Turnbull [1899, 685/2 181, St Andrew (Edinburgh)], and died 30 Jan 1928, aged 71, at Heatherliehill, Selkirk, usual residence Thirladean, Selkirk.

4 The Editor cannot find a reference to a Sequestration involving Napier in 1922 or 1923.

5 The partnership of Messrs Charles S Romanes, C.A. and Charles J Munro, C.A. had been formed in 1884. Sometime of 46 Hanover Street and 50 Frederick Street, Edinburgh the firm acquired a reputation for insolvency work [source: Walker, S 2018, ‘War and organizational disruption in professional service firms’, Journal of Professions and Organization, vol. 5, joy008, pp. 206-229. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpo/joy008%5D.

6 Nether Whitlaw, Lindean area, Galashiels, grid reference NGR NT513,296, where John Millar was tenant occupier of the farm and house, 1923 Valuation Roll VR011700009-/422, Selkirk County, page 422 of 605.

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

8 David was attending Lord George Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott (1911-1999), youngest child of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch (see also diary entry for 1 February 2023).

[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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