No sunshine + mist on the hills all day. Very little wind E. cold. Cycled in the town + Shawpark and then out to Whitmuir to vaccinate Adan Neil’s baby.1 Neil + Black2 are being kept on at Whitmuirhall3 but Willie Cochrane4 has got his leave. Attended meeting of Hospital Commttee at which the question of payment of officials for Gala cases came up, + was carried by 5 to 2. Addressed labels for parcels of clothing being sent to Glasgow for Eastern refugees.5 Helen6 + Nancy7 cycled to Galashiels to call for Mrs Douglas Brown.8
1 Jane Elliot Scott Neil, later Parsonage (1923-2013), daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott who had married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam., The family was at Whitmuir, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611 and 1921 Census].
2 John Black (about 1859-), gamekeeper, inhabitant occupier not rated at Whitmuirhall Old Tollhouse, Selkirk [1921 Valuation, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]; he married, 1888, Selkirk, Jessie Black née Cochrane and they lived at Whitmuir Toll with their daughters Agnes and Kate [1921 Census].
3 It seems that change was afoot at Whitmuirhall, Selkirk after the death in 1922 of Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant (stuff dealer), aged 76, buried Ashkirk Parish Churchyard [death 1922, 778/ 43, Selkirk].
4 William Cochrane (about 1873-), gardener, was at Whitmuir Hall gardener cottage [sic] with his wife Janet Austin Cochrane née Mair (1883-1960) and daughter Janet Austin Cochrane (1918-) [1921 Census].
5 The Editor assumes that this refers to the 1921–1923 famine in Ukraine where international relief organisations operated into the summer of 1923 (refugees from the Turkish-Greek conflict of 1919-1923 mostly sought protection within that area).
6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.
7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.
8 Margaret Meikle ‘Peggy’ Brown née Donald (1885-1960), a nurse of 2 Melville Street, Edinburgh who had married James Douglas Brown, Lieutenant K.O.S.B., attached R.A.F. and at that time “currently with the British Expeditionary Force” (Statutory registers marriage 17 September 1918 at Ashwood, Galashiels, 775/ 50).
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]