4 March 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No rain today + a little sunshine: calm E. [wind] Motored to Sundhope1, Dryhope Lodge2 + Henderland.3 Dorothy Barrie + Jas. Mitchell improving. Came home in 52 minutes. Found message to Shawpark4, Walt Wilson5 (who left the Home on Thursday), Girdwood, Castle Street, West Essenside + Robin Bogle.1 Motored first to Shawpark1 +c Castle Street + Essenside1 where the younger boy has chilblains. Stopped at Elmpark1 + saw Boylan a second time.

1 Sundhope, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT335,252.

2 Dryhope area, Megget, area of grid reference NT267,245.

3 Henderland, Megget, north of St Mary’s Loch, grid reference NGR NT232,233, where he had been attending the Mitchell family since late 1921. In the 1921 Census the family comprised James Mitchell senior aged 67, James Mitchell junior, 35, Mary Richardson Mitchell, 33, Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell, 25, and Isabella Shiel Mitchell, 26.

4 Shawpark, Selkirk, home of John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer and acquaintance of Dr Muir.

5 Walter Wilson does not appear to have been referred to previously in the context of Viewfield but may be either Walter A Wilson, aged 10, of Back Row, Selkirk or Walter Wilson, aged 33, of Back Feus, Selkirk.

6 Joan Girdwood née Johnstone, attended presumably for the birth of her second son Robert Johnston Girdwood (the first was John Hislop Girdwood in 1918); she had married Adam Girdwood, then Gunner 10272 Royal Naval Reserve in 1916. In 1921 he was a G.P.O. postman and with his extended family was living at 17 Castle Street. The household comprised Adam Girdwood (1884-), born Earlston; Joan Girdwood née Johnstone (1895-); John Hislop Girdwood (1918-); Robert Johnstone Girdwood (1920-); Adam Girdwood (1920-); Jessie Johnstone (1234-), sister-in-law; Mary Gordon Lang (1912-) and Alexander Robert Lang (1915-), niece and nephew. All born Selkirk except Adam Girdwood as noted above and Alexander Lang who was born Kirkhope [1921 Census Return 778/ 4/ 1) page 1 of 17].

7 Dr Muir had been attending the Heard family at West Essenside, Ashkirk, grid reference NGR NT442,201.

8 Shawpark, Shawpark Road, Selkirk, home of John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer and acquaintance of Dr Muir [1921 Census and 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/375, Selkirk County].

9 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946).

[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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