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

Weather much the same but more sunshine + a little rain at the darkening. Still very cold. Cycled to Ettrick Road (Thos. Ballantyne1 applying for parochial relief), Faldonside (called for Jessie B2), Hospital + Shawpark + later to Haremoss.3 Also had to go down to Mavisbank to see Jane Scott (8a).4 Helen5 + Mrs Mack6 went to a concert for the Girl Guides.

1 Thomas Ballantyne, millworker, was tenant of a house and garden at 20 Ettrick Road, Selkirk [1923 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/485, Selkirk Burgh, page 485 of 644].

2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener. Born 1867 at Chatton, Glendale, Northumberland, her family comprised parents William Brack Boyd (1831-1918) and Elizabeth Boyd née Wilson, married 1 July 1862 at Morebattle and children Adam Brack Boyd (1870-1911) of Otterburn and Buchtrig [estranged from the family], James Wilson Brack Boyd (1870-1916), who died in Belgium, and Jessie herself. In the 1921 Census Jessie was recorded at Upper Faldonside, Galashiels with her niece Dawn Gordon Belle Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Milne (1894-1980) and two servants Jean Lothian and Catherine Duff.

3 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.

4 Jane Alexander Scott née Scott (about 1868-), born Tillycoultry, Clackmannanshire, widow of Walter Scott, joiner, was recorded at 8a Mavis Bank [sic] in the 1921 Census with her children Jane Hall Scott (1892-), Janetta Leishman ‘Nettie’ Scott (1899-), Joanna ‘Joan’ Scott (1901-) and Thomas Scott (1905-). Jane and Walter had married 11 October 1890 at Ladhope Manse, Galashiels and the children, all of whom worked at Gibson & Lumgair, woollen manufacturers, were born at Galashiels, Edinburgh and Camelon (Falkirk) and Camelon respectively.

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

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

Published by


Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s