4 February 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A most lovely day. Slight frost + a cloudless sky all day. The crocuses are coming out. I had less to do. There was a message at breakfast time to daft Jas. Robertson, Muthag Street.1 I got David2 to see him later + he diagnosed appendicitis + came down from Bowhill3 + operated in the afternoon. I cycled to Linglie Cottages. Did not get to Church as I had to examine Oldfield the Ettrick Mill manager4 for insurances. Jack, Nancy, Jock + Barbara5 were at supper.

1 Assume James Douglas Robertson (1896-), assistant tweed finisher, living at Muthag Street with his parents James Robertson and Elizabeth Douglas. It is not clear why Dr Muir describes him as he did – the 1911 Census does not assign him any sort of disability.

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

3 David Graham had been spending a lot of time at Bowhill attending Lord George Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott (1911-1999), youngest child of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and his mother Lady Margaret Alice ‘Molly’ Montagu Douglas Scott née Bridgeman (1872-1954), Duchess of Buccleuch.

4 Joseph Henry Oldfield (1872-), mill manager of Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society woollen mill (Ettrick Mill) but living with his wife Polly and daughter Muriel Constance at The Vicar’s Knowe, The Glebe, Selkirk [birth: 1872 Huddersfield 9a 391; 1921 Census 778/ 7/ 3, page 3 of 29].

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and two of their children, Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996) and John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950).

[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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