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

Dry day with strong keen N.W. wind till 5.10 when there was a snow + hail blizzard. It was cloudless at night. Cycled to Hospital, Mill Street, Cannon Street + then right up to Henderland. It was a very stiff ride + took 2 hours 35 minutes but I came back in 1 hour 22 minutes. Jas. Mitchell1 is feverish at night : last night 101.4. Collided at Mauldsheugh gate with Willie2 who cycled out. No damage. Saw Boylan3 in evening.

1 The Editor assumes that this refers to James Mitchell senior (about 1854-1929), farmer and tenant at Henderland Farm, Megget parish. Dr Muir had been attending the Mitchell family at Henderland, Megget, north of St Mary’s Loch, since late 1921. In the 1921 Census the family comprised James Mitchell senior aged 67, James Mitchell junior, 35, Mary Richardson Mitchell, 33, Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell, 25, and Isabella Shiel Mitchell, 26.

2 Assume William ‘Willie’ Johnstone (1902-1971) who was recorded as a servant to David C Graham at Mauldsheugh, Selkirk, 1921 Census. The son of William Johnstone, woodman, and Margaret Johnstone née Hunter, married 1899 at Legerwood, William was born at Linthaugh, Jedburgh. He was later a bus driver.

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

[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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