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

Absolutely sunless but dry with a biting E. wind. Got away by 10 + cycled to Henderland1 without dismounting except to call for Matty Mullins.2 The wind helped me greatly + going with it I did not feel cold but it was the very opposite coming back. I called at Sundhope3 + got a very welcome tea. Came back by Oakwoodmill4 + walked up from Howden to the Moat.5 Jack6 brought the news announced in the Times of Frank Muir’s death at Cannes.7 Helen8 had Mrs Douglas Brown9 at tea.

1 Henderland, Megget, north of St Mary’s Loch, grid reference NGR NT232,233, where Dr Muir 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.

2 Assume Matilda Mullins (1893-), daughter of Elizabeth Mullins and recorded in the 1921 Census as working as a woollen drawer for E Gardiner & Co., woollen manufacturer and living at Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk with her mother, her uncle and her grandmother Martha Mullins, aet 86, who was born at West Port, Ireland [Westport, Co. Mayo, Connacht].

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

4 Oakwoodmill, Selkirk, NT444,267.

5 Howden, NT452,271 and Moat, NT458,268. Dr Muir had been attending the Moat around this time.

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

7 Frank Logan Muir (1863-1923), born Dec Quarter 1863, Islington 1b 260; J.P., railway employee, born Islington, lived at Stoke Newington until emigration to India and, although based in Bombay, died at Sunnybank Hospital, Cannes, 10 March 1923. Probate records his Estate as being worth £12,864 8s. 3d. He was the son of James Logan ‘Jim’ Muir (1834-1914), East India Merchant and Euphemia Wight and E lder brother of Isabel Scott Kippen née Muir (1867-1951) and Amy Wilson Muir (1872-1917). Frank had married 14 July 1890, Bombay, Flora Isabella Rowbotham, issue ? James Muir (about 1892-), who was boarding with his cousin Taylor at Lewisham, 1911 Census.

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

9 Probably Margaret Meikle ‘Peggy’ Brown née Donald (1885-1960), a nurse of 2 Melville Street, Edinburgh who had married James Douglas Brown, Lieutenant K.O.S.B., attached R.A.F. and at that time “currently with the British Expeditionary Force” (Statutory registers marriage 17 September 1918 at Ashwood, Galashiels, 775/ 50).

[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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rumblingclint

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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