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

Wind back to E. again : white frost : fine sunny sharp day. Cycled to Faldonside. Mrs Graham all right1 but her Kid died last night.2 David3 asked me to see some one Henderson at Faldonside who turned out to be Mrs Dees’ brother recently married.4 He has a touch of malaria.5 Then I cycled to Haremoss6 + finally to Shawpark.7 Went to evening service. A blackbird has built + is sitting on her eggs in the Jasmine8 below the spare room window.

1 Minnie Meikle Graham née Morrison, wife of Irvine Stirling Graham, domestic gardener at Upper Faldonside.

2 Baby Graham, born 14 April 1923, daughter of Irvine Stirling Graham, domestic gardener, and Minnie Meikle Graham née Morrison, died aged 10 hours at Upper Faldonside of “congenital debility 10 hours” as certified by John S Muir M.B. + C.M. +c [death: 1923, 775 / 51, Galashiels].

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

4 This must be William Alexander Cruickshank Henderson (1876-1944), O.B.E., A.I.C.E., civil engineer, who married Dora Salsbury Tull (1888-) at Lambeth in early 1923 [sources: marriage, Jan Quarter 1923, Lambeth 1d 402; wife’s birth, Mar 1888, Tull, Dora Salsbury, Lambeth 1d 475].

5 Henderson had been working in 1922 on the Apapa (Lagos) Wharfage scheme for Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd. Four years later he was recorded as the “Chief Eng: Representative for Messrs Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth …” on the same scheme. [sources: Ayodeji Olokujo, ‘The development of the port of Lagos, c.1892-1946’ in David M Williams (Ed.) ‘The World of Shipping’, Routledge, London, 1997; Form A for Election as Member … The Institition for Civil Engineers, 20 July 1926, William Alexander Cruickshank Henderson].

6 The Haremoss, shown on the east side of the Selkirk – Greendemains – Ashkirk road i.e. in Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire, where Dr Muir had been attending John Scott. The Editor has not be able to find any evidence of Scott nor of a dwelling-house called Haremoss either there or westwards across the Selkirkshire boundary.

7 Shawpark, Selkirk, home of John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, an acquaintance of Dr Muir who was present when Boylan had a heart attack on 11 March 1923.

8 A reader supplied this reading for which the Editor is grateful.

[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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