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

A fine day with a lot of sunshine up till 5 when it got cloudy. Wind slight N.W. to W. Breakfasted at 7 intending to go to Craighill1 but at Heatherlie Met Dav. + Norah2 motoring away to Edinburgh + so, fearing about Mrs William Emond, South Port3 might come off with both of us away, came home. Walked to Buccleuch Road + Green Terrace + went to morning service with Helen.4 After it walked to Curror Street + Hospital. Wrote Mrs Sprot5 at Eastbourne, + report on Agnes Huggan, Ettrickbridgend6.

1 Dr Muir’s plan to go to Craighill, Ettrick, grid reference NGR NT259,145, had been foiled by rain the day before.

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner and his wife Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971).

3 It is not clear (yet?) what was supposed to be happening with Mrs Wm Emond, South Port whom Dr Muir described as “on the straw but still in fine shape at 7 p.m.” in his diary entry of 27 April 1923 and whose son William Angus Emond was born the same day at South Port, Selkirk. Dr Muir might reasonably have generalised concerns about Mrs Emond but here he is explicitly suggesting that the baby has not yet arrived.

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

5 Presumably one of the Sprots of Riddell, Lilliesleaf. It may become clear in due course to precisely whom Dr Muir is referring to here.

6 Agnes Hoggan (1905-) was one of three boarders at Ettrick Bridge, Kirkhope in the 1921 Census, the others being her sister Lillie Hoggan (1906-) and Ella Babtie (1919-) – actually Helen Scott ‘Ella’ Baptie.

[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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