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

There was not even the bright blink of sunshine in the morning that we had yesterday. It was a day of dull grey sky + cold wind. For a changed I walked to Haremoss1, going by the Haining to [illegible] + returning by the Sawmill, then I cycled to Hospital, Cannon Street + Forest Road. Mrs Douglas Brown2 + her little girl Leslie3 were at tea. Wrote Frank Muir4 about the run at Chollerford5 + Jas. McGill regretting that I couldn’t be at his mother’s funeral.6 Examined a little girl Lothian7 for the Girl Guides.

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

2 Margaret Meikle ‘Peggy’ Brown née Donald (1885-1960) had married on 17 September 1918 at Ashwood, Galashiels, James Douglas Brown, Lieutenant K.O.S.B., attached R.A.F. and at that time “currently with the British Expeditionary Force”.

3 Lesley Joan Eleanor Brown (1919–1974), born 1 October 1919 at Edmonton, Middlesex, England, the daughter of James Douglas Brown and Margaret Meikle ‘Peggy’ Brown née Donald.

4 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer and managing director and Dr Muir’s nephew, had been at Chollerford on 5 June 1922 (see footnote 5) with his wife Dorothy Muir née Armitage (1873-1943), and daughters Diana Marianne Muir, later Greener (1910-2015) and Margaret Helen Muir, later Greener (1913-2010).

5 Chollerford, Humshaugh Parish, on the North Tyne and very near Hadrian’s Wall where both Dr Muir and Frank Muir and his family had been on 22 May 1922, whether by coincidence or not was unclear.

6 James McGill (1863-), Lilliesleaf born son of Isabella McGill née Dickson who had died 14 April 1923 at Springholm, Urr Parish, Kirkcudbright, aged 84, She was the widow of Henry McGill, forester and woollen dyer (they had married in 1860 at Lewinshope, Yarrow, Selkirkshire), and the daughter of John Dickson, ploughman, later railway servant, and Margaret Dickson née Mitchell.

7 The girl Lothian is unidentified.

[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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