18 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Slates + footpaths wet but a fine dry day with a lot of sunshin: strongish N.W. wind. Motored to Yarrowfeus (Mrs Goodfellow died at 2 a.m.1), Dryhope – whence I walked to Dryhope-hope to see the wife of Thos. Graham the Shepherd2. She had cystitis. Then I went on to Henderland + saw Bette3. Came home in 55 mins. At 3 cycled to Bridgelands, Hospital + Ashybank. At 8.30 had to go to B’Meadows to see Inch4 who is threatened with appendicitis. They had ‘Phoned Graham5 at Shandon + he told them to ask me to go up + ‘Phone him which I did. Took Peter up Yarrow in the forenoon6.

1 Agnes Goodfellow, widow of John Goodfellow, feuar, died at 2 a.m., aged 76, at Plantain, Yarrowfeus, of “Senile Debility” certified by John S Muir M.B., C.M.; she was the daughter of Isaac Wyber, papermaker, and Christina Wyber nee Affleck [1922 Statutory registers Deaths 779/1 4]

2 Thomas Graham, shepherd and Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Dryhope Hope, Yarrow; his wife is so far unidentified [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/390, Selkirk County, page 390 of 611]

3 Dr Muir noted that he had visited Elizabeth Mitchell at Henderland on 16 August and if this reading is correct it may be a contraction of Elizabeth; she remains unidentified, though Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell (1896-1966), daughter of James Mitchell senior and Margaret Mitchell née Mitchell was at Henderland, Megget, with her family in the 1911 Census.

4 James Inch (1891-1968), retired shepherd, who died at Selkirk, is the same James Inch, shepherd, who married Lizzie Linton Coltherd at Mayshiel, Whittinghame, Haddington [East Lothian] in April 1918 (his parents married at Carluke, he was born at Walston, the male line were all the male line were all shepherds).

5 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner, described formally here so one suspects that Dr Muir wasn’t very happy with his co-partner.

6 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

17 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Showery + strong W. wind. Milder. Had to go to Tushielaw to see Mrs Peter Swan1 Norman Grieve’s2 d. [daughter] with Shingles … took Peter3. Dav.4 called in evening. He is going to Shandon tomorrow. [extensive text deleted] Bella went to Horndean5 for a fortnight.

1 Christina Verity (sometimes Verite) Swan née Grieve (1879-1967), daughter of Norman William Grieve and Charlotte Adelaide Grieve née Verity, had married Percival – not Peter – Swan (1878-1964), Chartered Consulting Engineer, at Kensington, June Quarter 1913 [sources: marriage Kensington 1a 233; death Mar 1967 Camelford 7a 28].

2 Norman William Grieve (about 1852-1936), born Hawick, worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea companies according to A Hawick Word Book), he left £308,574.

3 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

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

5 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper, daughter of James Paulin, groom, and Grace Paulin née Cranston, born Ladykirk, Berwickshire.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

16 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Drizzling + dull in morning

Saw some town cases + was called about 11.30 to see Mrs Cowan junr, Dryden Cottage1. She was baking at 11 when the liq. am.2 broke + the baby came at 12.15 before I arrived3. Walked down to Hospital where there is only one case viz. Christine Brown4 (Scarlet5) + Gibson + Lumgair6. Elizth Mitchell7 came down from Henderland to see me. Mrs Mack8 with Erskine9 took Helen10 + Peter11 to Edinburgh.

1 Matilda Latimer Cowan née Dalgleish, wife of Angus Barton Cowan, ploughman; they had married 25 August 1921 at Edinburgh, at which time Matilda was staying at Chapel-on-Leader, Earlston [marriage: 1921 685/4 1037 St Giles].

2 The amniotic fluid, Latin liquor amnii.

3 Andrew Cowan was born 16 August 1922 at Dryden Cottage, Ashkirk [birth: 1922 773/B 4 Ashkirk].

4 Christine Brown is unidentified.

5 There had been a prolonged outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet fever in Selkirk but it seems to be nearing its end by August 1922.

6 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen textile manufacturer, at St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk.

7 Elizabeth Mitchell, Henderland is unidentified, though Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell (1896-1966), daughter of James Mitchell senior and Margaret Mitchell née Mitchell was at Henderland, Megget, with her family in the 1911 Census.

8 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

9 James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson and brother of Agnes Durnford née Harper.

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

11 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

15 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Ernest and Kitty1 left this forenoon to go back to East Fenton via Berwick. I have enjoyed their visit greatly. I motored to Newhall2 (where I haven’t been for many years (Ale Water) + then through Lilliesleaf + up to Borthwickshiels3 + then via Tushielaw to Ramseycleuch where got tea at the P.O.4 I met Gatty’s brother5 to whom I had sent a cert. of death addressed to the Ettrick Registrars when it should have been Yarrow.

1 Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker, and Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece.

2 Newhall, Bowden, grid reference NGR NT565,270.

3 Dr Muir had been attending Robert Fletcher Mitchell (1887-1947), Tenant Occupier of part of Borthwickshiels, Roberton [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/707, Roxburgh County, page 707 of 993].

4 Jane Brunton was the postmistress at Ramsaycleuch, Ettrick [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/364, Selkirk County, page 364 of 611].

5 Assume Percival Edmund, sometimes including on this death registration Edmund Percival, Gatty (1866-1937), of Offley, Hitchen, Hertfordshire, brother of Victor Herbert Gatty (1864-1922) who was found dead at Bowerhope, Yarrow on 13 August 1922.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

14 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Message to Morton, Riddell Lodge1 + Mitchell, Borthwickshiels. I saw a few town cases + then left In Ernest’s2 Swift3 with Kitty4, Helen5 + Peter6. We went to Riddell, Hassendean, Hawick, Fiddleton, Hermitage7, Steele Road, Saughtree, Note o’ the Gate, Chesters, Camptown, Oxnam, Kalefoot + Kelso8. It was very enjoyable + the views were at their best. We picnicked at Hermitage Castle + got home at 6 when I found a message to Mitchell, Borthwickshiels9 + Ernest kindly took me there. His car can go. I had a crowd at consultation + had to send some of them away.

1 Andrew Morton, forester, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house West Lodge, North Riddell, Lilliesleaf [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/882, Roxburgh County, page 882 of 993].

2 Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker with the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank.

3 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; Dr Muir (or the medical practice) had run one as a ‘workhorse’ car since he had acquired it some time before August 1914 but Dr Graham’s must be one of their sportier models – perhaps the pre-war 3-litre 15 or the 1921 2-litre 12.

4 Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), wife of Hugh Ernest Muriel and daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece.

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

6 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

7 Fiddleton Toll Bar, grid reference NGR NY38842,96203, is on the A7 as it follows the Ewes Water south so the party has travelled via Mosspaul, turning off at Fiddleton and approaching Hermitage NY505,957 from the east instead of taking the direct route out of Hawick up Slitrig via Langburnshiels.

8 The party travelled onwards (presumably turning off at Newlands to Steele Road thus cutting off the section to the Hermitage Bridge just short of Newcastleton) and turned east up the Liddel Water to Saughtree NY561967 – where one can turn off to Kielder – on down through Note o’ the Gate NT588,029 to the junction NT593,106 travelling on through Chesters NT626,106, at which they took the minor road straight ahead to Camptown on the Jed Water NT679,135, crossing the main road to Oxnam NT698,184 Kalefoot NT709,275 and Kelso.

9 Robert Fletcher Mitchell (1887-1947), Tenant Occupier of part of Borthwickshiels, Roberton [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/707, Roxburgh County, page 707 of 993].

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

13 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A good day + very little rain. Ernest motored me, Kitty1 + Peter2 to Ettrickbridgend (Mitchell3) and as I wanted also to go to the Planting4 we went on to Tushielaw Inn + back by Hartleap + Crosscleuch to Tibbie’s + down Yarrow. When I got back there was a message from Pollok5 about a death at Bowerhope6 + he motored me to Tibbies with C.C. Johnstone7 + Wishart who used to be teacher here8. We found that a Mr Gatty9 – who along with his brother + a Mr Sanderson10 – had been missed on Saturday + found dead this [? moment]. It was heart disease. His wife11 told me she had often met me at Dandswall when Annie Briggs12 reigned there. Ernest took Helen13, Peter + Kitty to Bemersyde +c. The crowds of trippers at Tibbies + Rodono was a sad sight.

1 Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker, and Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece.

2 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

3 Assume Thomas Mitchell (1867-1937), master joiner and Occupier of house, stable, joiner’s shop and land at Ettrickbridgend [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/372, Selkirk County, page 372 of 611].

4 Dr Muir had been attending Lizzie Mary, sometimes Minnie, Hogg née Goodfellow (1888-1963) at a house ‘Planting’ at Yarrowfeus, Yarrow; see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 27 July 1922.

5 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk, Procurator Fiscal and sometime Clerk to the Property & Income Tax Commissioners.

6 Bowerhope, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT257227, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XIII.NE, published 1900.

7 It is not clear what role Johnstone and Wishart were playing.

8 It has not (yet) been possible to confirm this reading.

9 Victor Herbert Gatty (1864-1922), dyer and printer, usual residence Whiteholme, Hoghton near Preston, Lancashire, was found at Peatlaw Moor Bowerhope, Yarrow at 9.30 on 13 August 1922 and had last been seen alive at 15.00 on 12 August; his death was certified as “sudden heart failure” by John S Muir M.B., C.M. etc [Statutory registers Deaths 1922, 779/1 3, Yarrow].

10 Gatty’s brother and Sanderson are unidentified though the former may well refer to Percival Edmund, sometimes Edmund Percival, Gatty (1866-1937) of Offley, Hitchen, Hertfordshire who was named on the death registration.

11 Mary Gatty née Lewis, wife of Victor Herbert Gatty; they had married at Blackburn in 1896.

12 Annie Elizabeth Roberts, formerly Folds, née Briggs (about 1849-1908), had married George Roberts (about 1842-1910), tweed manufacturer, 22 July 1886 at St Stephen, Burnley (at which time he was of Ettrickhaugh, Heatherlie) and lived at Dandswall, Shawpark Road, Selkirk [sources: marriage Sep Quarter 1886! Burnley 8e 272; death Annie Elizabeth Briggs, 1908, 778/ 3, Selkirk; 1906 Valuation Roll, VR007900008-/341, Selkirk Burgh, page 341 of 440].

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

14 Bemersyde, Mertoun (not far from Scott’s View), the seat of the chief of Clan Haig was bought by the British Government in 1921 and presented to Field-Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front 1915-1918.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

12 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Most disappointing weather. It poured all morning + up to mid afternoon. I had a small list of town cases + Philiphaugh to which I motored. Mrs Steel1 consulted me about her mother who has been threatened with appendicitis + I recommended Pussy Stewart2 should an operation be needed. Jack + Nancy3 came to dinner + I drew the 5th last bottle of Mrs Lang’s port4.

1 Assume Vere Mabel Strang Steel née Cornwallis (1889-1964), wife of Samuel Strang Steel, and her mother Mabel Cornwallis née Leigh (1866-1957).

2 Pussy Stewart, a medical practitioner of some sort, perhaps with connections to Caddonfoot, has been very difficult to pin down because Dr Muir has used what must be his nickname.

3 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir.

4 Mrs Lang’s identity rather depends on how old the port was because Mrs Lang senior was Margaret Pattison Lang née Graham (1821-1914), the wife of Hugh Morris Lang (1817-1900), banker and landed proprietor; she was a close friend of Dr Muir’s but otherwise the best ‘fit’ must be Millicent Rose Lang née Graham (1863–1936) the wife of Hugh Graham Lang (1857–1939) who may have been the Occupier of Broadmeadows in 1922 (in which case the record – not the transcript- is incorrect) showing “Hugo C Lang” (1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/380, Selkirk County, page 380 of 611).

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

11 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A nicer day with just a very slight shower in afternoon. Saw some town cases then cycled to Raeburn Place, Millburn Place, Deuchar Mill, Planting1, Mt Benger Cottages + then over Paddyslacks [sic]2 to Traquair, Elibank, Ashiestiel to Glenkinnon Burn3 where there was a picnic in Connection with Barbara’s 20th birthday4. A lot of the young folk cycled. Helen5, Ailie Boyd Wilson6 + Peter7 went up in the Swift8 + Jack9 had his car full. We had a capital tea + I left to be able to receive Ernest + Kitty Muriel10 who arrived about 6.

1 Dr Muir had been attending Lizzie Mary, sometimes Minnie, Hogg née Goodfellow (1888-1963) at a house ‘Planting’ at Yarrowfeus, Yarrow; see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 27 July 1922.

2 Paddock Slack, often called Paddy Slack, is the pass between the Gordon Arms, Yarrow and Traquair, Peeblesshire through grid reference NGR NT313,288.

3 The Glenkinnon Burn descends from the back of Elibank and Traquair Forest, descends through grid reference NGR NT425,339 and debouches into the River Tweed immediately above Ashiestiel Bridge.

4 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest grandchild.

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

6 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Milne (1890-1955), born Alie Brack Boyd-Wilson, Sep Quarter 1890, Blean, Kent, 2a 809; sometimes officially recorded as Alice but correctly recorded on the 1911 Census when she, her mother Mary Ethel and sister Dawn were at Elwyn Road, Exmouth, Devon; changed her name to Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne, 25 June 1920 [London Gazette, 30 November 1920]; died March Quarter 1955, aged 64, Hendon 5e 628.

7 Peter Allan, evidently a charge of Dora’s, but not (yet) identified.

8 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; Dr Muir (or the medical practice) had run one as a ‘workhorse’ car since he had acquired it some time before August 1914.

9 John Roberts, junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, a mill owner and sometime Provost of Selkirk, later knighted “for political and public services in Selkirkshire” [Supplement to the London Gazette 1 June 1953 page 2941].

10 Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker, and Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

10 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A calm sunless day. Weathercock N.E. : dry. David1 came up from Berwick for a few hours. He had lunch here. Logan Turner2 called + had tea + a smoke. I got him to examine my ears but he didn’t give me any encouragement. He advised me to try inhalation of menthol in alcohol. I cycled to Heatherlie, Philiphaugh (but did not see Willie3), Newarkburn, Buccleuch Road [and] Hospital. Letter from Forsyth4 wanting me to mark my suit + send it but I declined.

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

2 Arthur Logan Turner (1865-1939), medical practitioner and lecturer in Diseases of the Larynx, Ear and Nose at Edinburgh University, Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary and at Deaconess Hospital in Edinburgh; a specialist in Octology, Laryngology, and Rhinology and in particular the anatomy of the sinuses, see ‘Logan Turner’s Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear’, 1st edition, 1924 and 10th edition, edited by A G D Maran, 1988.

3 Dr Muir had been attending what the Editor assumes was Fiennes William Steel (1912-1992) for a cycle accident, see diary entry for 6 August 1921.

4 Forsyth was an Edinburgh tailor (perhaps R W Forsyth, outfitters at Princes Street) whom Dr Muir visited for fittings of a new suit on 20 and 26 July 1922.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

9 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Pavements wet but no rain all day. The clouds gradually lifted + in afternoon was clear [and] sunny: but there was a biting N.E. wind. ‘Phone message at 7 to Mitchell, Ettrickbridgend1. Motored there, Ramseycleuch, Oakwoodmill + Heatherlieburn. Saw some town cases walking + cycled to Sunderland Hall where Charles2 has chickenpox. Called at Wellwood, Nancy3 has a cold. Jack and the kids4 were down at St Boswells at the poppy show.

1 Assume Thomas Mitchell (1867-1937), master joiner and Occupier of house, stable, joiner’s shop and land at Ettrickbridgend [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/372, Selkirk County, page 372 of 611].

2 Assume Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), J.P., of Sunderland Hall, sometime Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirkshire.

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior.

4 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and at least some of their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg; John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts; Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford; Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]