14 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weather the same but with a little sunshine. Nice + warm + calm. Mrs And. Wright1 went home from Viewfield. Bella2 was out in the grounds for a little. Saw some town cases walking. Dora + Boyack3 went to Lilliesleaf with D. [David Graham] + then to Friarshawmuir4 where he was buying a gun. They came back to Elmpark for tea + then Boyack went with D. to Bengerburn + Eagles Nest5. Mrs Mack6 was here at supper. I had a very quiet afternoon in the house by myself.

1 Isabella Wright née Johnstone of 6a Clifton Road, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]; she had married 31 December 1897, at Selkirk Manse, Andrew Wright, journeyman tailor, later tailor’s cutter

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 Friarshawmuir, Bowden, Roxburghshire (grid reference NGR NT510,265), where Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine was Proprietor [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

5 Mountbengerburn (NT317,254) and Eastleigh Nest (NT316,259), both Yarrow and near to Gordon Arms

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

13 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another day like yesterday. David had a couple of circumcisions at Johnstone’s, Craigview1 + I gave chlor[oform]. Had to go out to Smedheugh to see Mrs Dagg2. Cycled there. Went fishing, but did very little. Got 5 small ones. The Patons3 were here at lunch + Mrs Mackintosh4 + they all adjourned to Elmpark for tea. Got back from fishing at 7.35 + had to go to Lilliesleaf to see the three sons of a tramp couple + get them sent to the poorhouse.

1 William R Johnstone, mill manager, was at Craigview, 5 Ashybank, Selkirk, 1919 and 1920 Valuation Rolls

2 Elizabeth Malcolm Gardiner née Dagg, widow of Alexander Dagg (1885-1920), farmer, who had committed suicide in July 1920; they had married at Kirkliston, 1907 and she appears to have died 1927 at Cathcart, Glasgow

3 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census], latterly at Galashiels

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

12 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fine warm day but without sunshine. Saw a few town cases. Went to David Ingles marriage + gave away the Bride1. They were married by Ross in Sandy Ingles’2 house + then adjourned to And. Brown’s3 for a high tea. I saw them off by the last train en route for London. Message to Dickie4, Dandswall, to see a boy who had his fingers caught in a bicycle chain. Was called out at 5 a.m. to see Mrs Wright5 at Viewfield with vomiting.

1 Marriage of David Nicholson Ingles (1888-1943), A.R.H.A., portrait artist and Margaret Teresa Kavanagh (c.1884-), artist, at ‘Forestview’, Forest Road, Selkirk see David N Ingles ARHA ‘Oil Portrait of an Irish Lady’

2 Alexander ‘Sandy’ Ingles, postman, the groom’s father

3 Assume Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, resident Dunreay, Selkirk

4 Robert J Dickie, millworker, was at the Lodge, Dandswall, Shawpark Road, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

5 Isabella Wright née Johnstone of 6a Clifton Road, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]; she had married 31 December 1897, at Selkirk Manse, Andrew Wright, journeyman tailor, later tailor’s cutter

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

11 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Poor Mrs Nisbet1 died this morning at 3. + also Mary Smith2 (Broomfield) in the Royal Infirmary where she has been under Sir Jas. Hudson3 for 3 months. She was operated on for gall stones + a swab was left in + she developed gangrene of pancreas. There was very little doing today + I only saw Dobson4 + [illegible], Forest Road + Robertson5, Curror Street. D. [David Graham] + I put up all the town accounts for distribution. Dav. Ingles6 came round at 3 + completely altered my portrait. Dora + Boyack7 had a run to St. Mary’s Loch + took tea with them. We, Nancy, Barbara8, Mrs Mack9 + David all went to the Picture House + saw “The Woman Thou Gavest Me”10 + came back here + drank Barbara’s health on her 18th birthday.

1 Gordon Mary Nisbet née Wright (1874-1920), wife of John Nisbet, woollen millworker, died, aged 44, 11 Aug 1920 at Viewfield Nursing Home, usual residence 14 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk, of uterine haemorrhage and fibroid tumour of the uterus, certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B. Wright

2 Mary Smith (c.1882-1920), daughter of James Smith, joiner, and Mary Smith née Carmichael died, aged 38, on 11 August 1920 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Scott’s Place, Selkirk; her cause of death was obstructive jaundice, stone in bile duct, gangrenous pancreatitis and exhaustion, certified by Henry Thomson M.B.

3 Not identified

4 Helen Dobson née Hope (c.1859-1920), of Kirkwood, Forest Road, Selkirk

5 Walter Brown Robertson, soldier, was Tenant Occupier of a house and garden at 22 Curror Street, Selkirk [VR007900012]

6 David Nicholson Ingles (1888-1943), A.R.H.A., Selkirk born portrait artist

7 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

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

10 ‘The Woman Thou Gavest Me’ was a novel by Hall Caine, 1913, filmed in 1919, directed by Hugh Ford (1868-1952) with with Katherine MacDonald (1891-1956), Milton Sills (1882-1930), Jack Holt (1888-1951) and Fritzi Brunette (1890-1943); the film was popular but “nothing remains of this film but some stills in the National Film Archive.”[13] [Sources here: Silent Hollywood ‘The Woman Thou Gavest Me’; Vivien Allen ‘Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer’, 1997, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, p. 371; IMDB.com and The Library of Congress Performing Arts Databases

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

10 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull close day, almost thundery at times: no rain. News of flooding at Stockbridge + West Linton. The Lyne1 had flooded which accounted for the flood on Tweed yesterday. I saw town cases walking in Forest Road, Glebe &c, Ettrickhaugh Road + back by riverside to Hospital. Gave Kelty2 a dip in Ettrick. Attended Mrs Walt. Robertson, Curror Street, who had a s. [son]3. David [Graham] did a hysterectomy on Mrs Nisbet4 from Yarrow Terrace at the Home. Boyack5 helped. Mrs N. [Nisbet] nearly collapsed. D. [Graham] had great difficulty in securing the uterine arteries.

1 The Lyne Water rises at East Cairn Hill in the Pentland Hills and runs south through West Linton and Romannobridge to debouch into the River Tweed below Hallyne, just west of Peebles

2 Kelty was Dr Muir’s horse

3 Walter Brown Robertson (1920-2005), son of Walter Brown Robertson and Matilda Brodie Robertson née Jamieson; his parents had married 1911 at Selkirk [Marriage, 1911, 778/ 28 Selkirk and Valuation Roll, 1920, 778/ 93 Selkirk]

4 Gordon Mary Nisbet née Wright (c.1876-1920), wife of John Nisbet, woollen millworker

5 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least this one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

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9 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A nice day on the whole with some rain early + about 6. I was in the house all day + finished the accounts. I had to go over to Viewfield after dinner to Johnny Nicolson1 who had retention. Dora [Muir] + Boyack2 motored over to the Patons3 + returned by train at 6. Jack + Jock4 + a friend of the latter = Donald Rutherford looked in at night. Baptie5 noticed [River] Tweed in high flood while Ettrick was comparatively unaffected.

1 John Nicholson (c.1858-1920), woollen mill foreman, retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk

2 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

3 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means

4 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966) and John ‘Jock’ (1904-1950), Dr Muir’s son-in-law and grandson

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

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8 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rained almost incessantly but very quietly: there was no wind to speak of. Saw 3 cases + went to forenoon service. Dav Boyack1 went to Church with me in the morning + with Dora at night. The town was very quiet. Said goodbye to Mr Taylor2, Viewfield, who leaves for Jamaica tomorrow. Wrote Jean + Helen [Muir].

1 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

2 Not identified at either Viewfield or Viewfield Place

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

7 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Breakfasted at 7 left at 8.15 + motored to Craighill taking Boyack1 behind2. It was a lovely morning + I never saw Ettrick Vale more beautiful. Found Mrs Anderson3 better. Got back at 10.40. Dropped off at foot of Ettrick Road + made some calls. The autumn holiday began today + the town was delightfully quiet. Went over to Viewfield + saw D. [David Graham, co-partner] there. Filled up form for insurance claim for fire4. Made out accounts in afternoon. Mrs Mack5 had tea in the garden + the girls went down to Elmpark after. They brought up a hedgehog + put it on a dish with a cover for my dinner! This was a fine day, dry + warm.

1 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

2 The Editor assumes that this means she was in the Dickey seat with Dr Muir and his driver in the front

3 Mrs Grace Anderson née Davidson whom Dr Muir attended on 6 August 1920

4 Dr Muir had a small fire at his home on 4 August 1920

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

6 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was knocked up at 5 to see Mrs Anderson, Craighill1. Left at 5.35 + got back at 8.20. It had just stopped raining when we started + kept fair all day + sunny till evening when it got duller but no rain. Wind N. Had 7 operations at Viewfield from 10.45 till 2.30, viz 2 hernias; an [illegible] + removal of appendix: a patella bursa + 3 tonsils + adenoids. I felt very tired after + did nothing more till I went across to Viewfield before dinner + down to see Peggy Lockie2. Felt my dyspepsia all day. Dora made some first class Hotch Potch3, her first attempt.

1 John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd and widower at Craighill, Ettrick, had married Grace L Davidson, his housekeeper it would seem, at Cossarshill, Burnfoot, Ettrick, in March 1919; he is recorded at Craighill on 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-), power loom weaver, was suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis

3 Hotch potch is Scots ‘Hairst bree’ or ‘broo’ (brew), a harvest broth

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

5 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was called up at 1.30 to Mrs Cairney1, Yair. It was all over when I got there + I got back to bed at 3.30. Did not have breakfast til 10. It poured all day without intermission, sometimes very heavily + it was raining at dark. I saw some town cases walking + sat at accounts in afternoon. Bella2 improving a little. Felt some indigestion. Dora + Boyack3 keeping the house going + cheering me with song + music in the evening. David [Graham] was at Deuchar Mill.

1 Robert Goskirk Cairney, born 5 August 1920, Yair, Caddonfoot

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]