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

Cold, sunless, dry : roads much drier S.E. [wind] Cycled to Kirklea1 to tell Madge Ogilvie about the special carriage she wants for a child at N Sinton.2 Then to Shawpark3 to see Boylan who, while I was there, had a heart attack – not a faint – with flushed face + cold purple hands. Stayed a bit with him + saw him again at night. Message to the Moat4 + cycled out there, getting a puncture in front tyre. Jack5 + Miss Wallace6 came to supper.

1 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965) and her husband W H Ogilvie.

2 North Sinton, Ashkirk is close to Kirklea but there is no information in the 1921 Census that might identify such a child.

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

4 The Mote, south of Howden Hill, does not appear to be identified among the number of houses listed at Howden and Brownmuir in the 1923 Valuation Roll and yet such a property must be have been occupied if Dr Muir was making a visit. The 1886 Valuation Roll links a property named only Moat (occupier William Arnot, shepherd) with Brownmuir, as part of the Haining estate of the Pringle Pattisons [1886 Valuation Roll, VR011700006-/472, Selkirk County, page 472 of 513], see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 30 May 1922 for more detail.

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Dr Muir’s son-in-law.

6 It is not yet possible to identify Miss Wallace.

[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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