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

Wind S.W. but not genial. Very little to do. Have heard or seen nothing of David yesterday or today.1 Walked to Hospital, Dunsdale Cottages, Mill Street + Backrow. I went to morning service. A clergyman from Stockton on Tees was preaching.2 Barbara3 + Miss Wallace4 came to supper.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner. By 1923 he was developing a habit of going missing.

2 This preacher did not appear to have merited comment in the Southern Reporter.

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest grandchild, fairly recently returned from New Zealand.

4 Miss Wallace may be Miss Jane Wallace (1874-), sometime nurse to the Roberts children, Dr Muir’s grandchildren [see diary entries for 6 April 1915, 22 October 1916 and 7 April 1918 and 1911 Census]. She was born at Langbarns, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire. Neither Jane Wallace nor the Roberts family appear on the 1921 Census. The Editor’s suspicion is that a section of Ettrick Terrace has been missed off the 1921 Census transcript by ScotlandsPeople, because the Roberts family, in Selkirk at this time for the Common Riding, has not been documented (see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 17 June 1921, two days before Census night).

[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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