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

Weather like yesterday: slight E. wind + continuous, but not heavy, rain. Very dreary. Had very little to do. Dorothy Barrie1 much easier. Temp. 99o + slept 4½ hours. Went to forenoon service = Communion : large turnout. Had [illegible text]. Walked over to Cannon Street + called for poor Mrs Brown2 who has been told she must keep one of her girls at home or have 10/- taken off her of Aliment of 25/- but as her daughter works + makes 15/- at mill3 she has to let her go on. Went to evening service + supped at Wellwood.4 Both Helen5 + Dora6 were at Communion.

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 but has just returned home.

2 Mrs Margaret White Brown née Philips (1882-), head of household, ‘D’ (? divorced or deserted) on “Home Duties” with two daughters, see footnote 3, and also boarders [1921 Census] Arthur Philips “brother” an electric crane driver at Wigham Richardson shipbuilders at Newcastle-upon-Tyne (merged 1903 with Swan and Hunter specifically to bid for the prestigious contract to build the R.M.S. Mauretania which they won, creating a liner which held the Blue Riband – for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic – for 20 years and was to be the largest liner ever built on the River Tyne).

3 Jenny Brown (about 1907-), aged 14, born Maine State, U.S.A. and working in the pattern department at Heather Mills, though there is also a younger sister Margaret White ‘Peggy’ Brown (1908-), scholar, aged 13 [1921 Census], born 21 May 1908 at Bridge Street, Selkirk [Statutory BMDs]. The father was Albert Brown, power loom turner (perhaps working at Worumbo Mill), domicile Lisbon Falls, Androscoggin County, Maine, U.S.A, and the parents had married 17 January 1906 at Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine.

Main Street, Lisbon, Maine courtesy Wikimedia Commons

4 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of Dr Muir’s daughter Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), wife of John Roberts junior.

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

6 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter.

[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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