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

A little frost last [?] arrested the thaw + very little melted during the day although there was some sunshine. It got colder + duller in afternoon + a few flakes of snow were lazily falling. S.E. [wind] i walked to see Dorothy Barrie1 (who went home), Elizabeth Goodfellow2 (whom I sent to Viewfield), Linglie Mill, Bridgelands (Agnes Rodger3, Miss Scott4 + Mrs James Hardie5) + Hospital. Got a letter from Julia Pringle6 who has been ill with boils. Tidied up a lot of the loose literature + papers in my room.

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 This may refer to Lizzie Mary Hogg née Goodfellow (1888-1963), daughter of George Pott Aitchison Goodfellow, agricultural labourer, and Eliza Goodfellow née Harkness who had married 1866 at Hutton and Corrie, Dumfriesshire. Lizzie was born at Cutcarwood, Yarrow and stayed there with her family until at least the 1901 Census, she may well be the Lizzie Goodfellow aet 22, working as a “housemaid domestic” for John V Lindsay at Whitehope, Yarrow, 1911 Census and she married William Hogg (at that time serving in France) on 4 October 1917 at Yarrowfeus; however, in spite of her marriage, by 1922 she appears to have been styling herself Minnie Goodfellow and occupying a house ‘Planting’ at Yarrowfeus, Yarrow; she died 6 June 1963 at Selkirk Cottage Hospital, usual residence Thornfield basement, Selkirk [parents’ marriage: 1866, 831/ 2, Hutton and Corrie; 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/390, Selkirk County, page 390 of 611].

3 Agnes Christina Rodger (1875-1959), daughter of George Rodger and Elizabeth Charlotte Rodger née Eck, see also Dr Muir’s diary for 20 January 1919 diary (“Agnes Rodger called at night to say good bye as she goes back to India about the 27th”).

4 Miss Scott is unidentified.

5 Margaret Nicholson née Hardie (about 1843-1926), widow of James Hardie, who was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels, 1920 Valuation Roll.

6 There is a good chance that this refers to Dr Julia Letitia Pringle (1878-1960), M.B. Ch.B., who studied medicine at the Medical College for Women, Edinburgh, graduating in 1903. Her wartime service appears to have commenced with her signing of a form for the Medical Recruiting Scheme 1916 in which her details are, in summary “Dr Julia Letitia Pringle, MB ChB Edinburgh, of Wellington Street, Dundee, serving on the General Practitioner Panel.” [see also Dr Muir’s diary entry for 23 February 1919].

[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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