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

Was knocked up at 1.40 a.m. to see John Brydon, the Library1 who had severe palpitations. Was a little late in rising. It was a dismal [?] day, windy, drizzling and finally heavy rain at night. Motored to Mill Street, Wellwood, Lewinshope, B’Meadows, Yair + Faldonside where I had lunch with Mrs Dees2, Jim + his fiancée3 In Dav’s absence4 I was called along to Mrs Reid, W. Port5 but he arrived just after me + at night I had to go down to see Easson, Gas Works6, and Mrs Davidson7 at Viewfield. Dora8 came at 7.24 looking wonderfully well.

1 John Brydon (about 1867-), joiner, lived at the Free Library Buildings, Selkirk with his wife Mary Brydon née Grieve (about 1875-) and daughter Mary Davidson Brydon (1907-) [1921 Census].

2 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), daughter of the Reverend Canon Dr. James Henderson and Jane Lowrey, born 7 April 1872, the Vicarage, Ancroft, Northumberland, died 8 March 1948, She had married, 1898, Robert Irwin Dees, also originally from Northumberland, and they later moved to Faldonside, Galashiels.

3 James Irwin Richardson ‘Jim’ Dees (1901-1956), married, 1924 at Maidenhead, Berkshire, to Evelyn Annie Leigh (1895-1984). An army officer and mining engineer, he is thought to have been killed during the 1950s Cyprus Emergency.

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

5 Mrs Mary Barr Muir Reid née Inglis (1890-), Cambuslang-born wife of George Reid, managing Secretary Selkirk Co-operative Society, living at West Port, Selkirk with two sons George Inglis Reid (1913-) and John Inglis Reid (1914-) [1921 Census and Valuation Rolls].

6 David Easson was the ‘gas manager’ of the Selkirk Gas Light Co. [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/211, Selkirk Burgh, page 211 of 644].

7 Mary Laidlaw Davidson née Dalgleish (about 1862-1923), wife of John Davidson, shepherd, was at Viewfield Nursing Home, usual residence Braidgairhill, Ettrick.

8 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter. She had been working away from Selkirk.

[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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