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

Snow disappearing very very slowly. Too calm for a fresh thaw but it was quite fair though sunless. Saw 3 town cases + then motored to Crook Cottage1 to see a tramp Bernard Duffy2 with varicose [i.e. venous] ulcers [?]. There was a message which fortunately Dav.3 gave me before I started to see Thomson, Ramseycleuch.4 Stapley5 brought the tramp down here + we got him into the Gala Poorhouse. Walked in afternoon to Mavisbank, Curror Street [and] Shawpark. Cath. + Helen Smith6 came to supper.

1 Crook Cottage, Overkirkhope, Ettrick.

2 It is a wild conjecture but it is conceivable that this refers to the Bernard Duffy, aged 52, pedlar, who was recorded at a lodging house at Munches Street, Dumfries in the 1921 Census.

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

4 William Thomson (about 1856-1924) was Head of Household at Ramsaycleuch [sic], Ettrick [1921 Census] and living with his sons George Thomson and William Alfred Thomson, farmers, who were the tenants at Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, 1925 Valuation Roll.

5 Angus Harry Stapley (1867-1937), certificated teacher, born Leith and living at Ettrick Schoolhouse with his wife Catherine Bayne Stapley née Barton, died Gordon, Berwickshire [sources: statutory BMDs; 1911 and 1921 Census returns].

6 Catherine Adam ‘Cath’ Smith (1874-1929) and Helen Mary Locke Smith (1878-1958), daughters of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and Katie Smith née Locke.

[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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