6 May 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull day with a little sunshine in the forenoon. Walked down to Hospital + then waited an hour for Graham1 who had promised to see Mrs Dewar from Woll Rigg2 at 11. Saw Mrs Emond, Southport3 + did nothing else. Went to evening service where Mr Cameron4 from Leith, who had assisted in the forenoon at Communion, preached on going more than the “first mile”. It was after the “first mile” that the effort became Christian.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner. It shows that Dr Muir is cross with him when he uses his surname.

2 William Dewar, manager, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Wollrig, Ashkirk but his wife is so far unidentified (they were not at Ashkirk in the 1921 Census) [1923 Dewar, William, Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/407, Selkirk County, Page 407 of 605]. It is possibly Williamina Christina Crozier Dewar née Douglas who, with her family, was at Prieston Cottage, Bowden, in the 1921 Census.

3 Mrs William 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.

4 Mr Cameron is so far 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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