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

Bonar Law resigned Premiership1

Much better kind of day. Strong W.S.W. wind raising dust : not warm but plenty sunshine. Cycled round the town. Dav.2 operated (local anaesthetic) for a small tumour in Mrs Dunn’s breast3 but I didn’t stay. Message to see Boylan4 Found with a slow hand pulse + drowsy. Spoke to him about Viewfield5 Isa Brydon, Netherbarns6 called to say good bye. She is leaving Netherbarns to live at 1 Darnaway Street, Edinburgh.7 Carlotta Rodger8 called to pay account. Saw Boylan a 2 time after dinner.

1 Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), Conservative politician and Prime Minister October 1922 to May 1923, was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer and, no longer physically able to speak in Parliament, resigned on 20 May 1923.

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

3 Agnes Ralph Dunn née Waldie (1858-1926), daughter of Charles Waldie, woollen dyer, and Jane Waldie née Middlemass, born 1858 at Langholm or Staplegorton, Dumfriesshire, she married, 1887 at Earlston, Richard Hewat Dunn (about 1846-1899), woollen manufacturer.

4 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.

5 In other words Dr Muir has suggested that his friend move to Viewfield, the Muir and Graham medical co-partnership’s nursing home.

6 Isabella Thomasina ‘Isa’ Brydon (1868-1946) was recorded at Netherbarns, Galashiels (where she was born) in the 1911 Census, living with her father Adam Brydon (about 1836-1919), farmer. She did indeed make the move Dr Muir refers to (probably, at least in part, to be near her brother James Hastie Brydon at Rutland Street, Edinburgh) and the 1930 Valuation Roll for Edinburgh records Miss Isabella Brydon as proprietor occupier at 1 Darnaway Street [1930 Valuation Roll, VR010000619-/184, Edinburgh Burgh, page 184 of 218].

7 Darnaway Street, Stockbridge, near Moray Place.

8 Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-1970), daughter of George Rodger, shipping merchant, and Elizabeth Charlotte Rodger née Eck. Born Cheshire, she was at Bridgelands, Selkirk, 1901 Census and was a wartime V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) with over 1000 hours’ service, of Bridgelands [see ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s.’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922].

[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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