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

Quite mild + a great contrast to yesterday morning. Calm + damp with rain up till about 3. Dorothy Barrie1 still [illegible]. Her mother2 came down. Mrs Davidson of Broadgairhill died at Viewfield at 3.15 a.m.3 I saw a town list of (8) including Lizzie Bell4, Magdalen Cottage, walking. Ettrick in top flood. Wrote Guy5, Stewart + Tim.6 Helen7 went to a recital by the Musical Association in the Church. Willie Crichton’s wife (Isa Young) died very suddenly8 while he was away getting Graham9 to see her.

1 This appears to be Christina Dorothy Barrie (1904-1994) who lived at Sundhope, Yarrow and had been in Viewfield Nursing home since January 1923.

2 Isabella Armstrong Barrie née Elliot (about 1866-), wife of Walter Barrie, farmer, and living at Sundhope Farmhouse, Yarrow.

3 Mary Laidlaw Davidson née Dalgleish (about 1862-1923), wife of John Davidson, shepherd, died 8 February 1923 at Viewfield Nursing Home usual residence Braidgairhill, Ettrick, aged 61, of peritonitis and acute gangrenous appendicitis certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B. [1923, Davidson, Mary Laidlaw, 778/ 12, Selkirk].

4 Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bell (1866-), Tenant Occupier of Magdalene Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll; daughter of John Bell, tweed designer, and Joan Bell née Scott, sister of George Bell (about 1874-1913), sometime bookseller and stationer, with whom she had shared the house.

5 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother.

6 Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), two sons of John Roberts junior and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, both boys presumably away at school.

7 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

8 Isabella ‘Isa’ Young née Crichton (about 1855-1923), wife of William Crichton, publisher, died 8 February 1923, aged 68, at The Maples, Heatherlie, Selkirk [death: 1923, 778 / 13, Selkirk]. In a Register of Corrected Entries (R.C.E.) issued 13 February 1923 by the Procurator Fiscal Dr Graham recorded the cause of death as “Natural causes Probably Heart failure”.

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

[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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