14 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Back to fresh again: a mild calm day. Saw some town cases walking + then sat making out accounts. David came up at 2.30 to help me but he was called away to Mrs Dalgleish, Altrieve1. At night he had to go to Shielshaugh. I was sitting in the smoke room after dinner + noticed curious sparks in the flames of the stove which turned out to [be] soot from the lamp which was smoking + the whole place was filthy with soot + I had to take a bath.

1 George Dalgleish was tenant at Altrieve, Yarrow [1919 Valuation Roll]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

13 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sharp frost: dense fog in morning which cleared away before the brilliant sunshine. I was called out at 12:30 last night to Murdoch. Got on my bike this morning + ran down to see Jas. [Hardie ?], Curror Street + Jeannie Wright, Clifton Road. Saw some others walking. D. [Dr David Graham] did nothing in town but motored to Synton Mill for Willie Grieve1. Jessie Boyd came to tea2. Helen [Muir] was at the Pict. Ho. [picture house] with Nancy, B & J3. Had letters from Willie Rodger + Jm [?] McDonald, Dumfries4. Made out accounts in afternoon.

1 Syntonmill or Synton Mill, Ashkirk, approximate grid reference NGR NT498,232, Canmore ID 341742, shown on Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVI.NW & NE (includes: Ashkirk; Lilliesleaf; Minto), revised 1897, published 1900

2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961); of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

3 Dr Muir’s daughters Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and two of Agnes’s children, John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts and Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts

4 The editor thinks this may conceivably be James C R Macdonald, writer to the signet, at 1 Newall Terrace, Dumfries – see 18 September 1918 diary entry

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

12 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very nice day with just a touch of frost. Motored via Mauldsheugh to Yair, Galashiels (to see Marion Paton1) + Faldonside (Matthewson). Went to afternoon service. Read ‘The Kaiser I Knew’ by Davis his American dentist2. Called to Murdoch at 7 + had to leave Wellwood early to see him again. David [Graham] walked to Thirladean. Carnegie leaves for the South of England tomorrow.

1 Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), one of a pair of sisters living ‘on their own means’ and whose flit to Galashiels in May 1918 had been funded by a community appeal

2 Davis, Arthur Newton, ‘The Kaiser I knew; my fourteen years with the Kaiser, by Arthur N Davis, dentist to the Kaiser and for fifteen years a resident of Berlin’, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1918; the American edition by Harper had a different title [Source: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006571545 accessed 2018.01.10] and the German edition is ‘Ein günstling des kaisers, aus dem englischen übers. und mit randbemerkungen versehen von S Werner von Kautzsch’ [pseudonym of Dietze, Ernst (1869-), editor and translator], Berlin, Ziemsen, 1919

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

11 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Feeling the effects of a week’s sedentary work + went out a little. Walked over to the Firs + then to the Hospital etc. Intended walking to Faldonside but just at 12 when I was starting there was a heavy shower of rain + snow but I really might have gone in it. Kept quite fair after. There was very little work to do. D. [Dr David Graham] had a lot of men to demobilise yesterday + today.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

10 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another day’s steady book work, a town list of only 3- [?] of whom D. [Dr David Graham] saw 4. He was also at Oakwoodmill, Bluecairn, Thirladean + Fairnilee. I got all the ledger posted to the end of Dec. It was pretty wet today.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

9 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Frost gone: a mild wet day. South wind. Sat at the Army accounts the whole day + finished them to the number of 43 at 11 p.m. Their value is about £18 10 0. Got a letter + a pocket book from Molly Bullough1 + wrote her + also Colonel Turnbull, India2. Went over to see Murdoch at Victoria Hall at 5. David [Graham] resumed his lectures on child welfare. He was at Ettrick Shaws.

1 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh a number of times in 1915, early 1916 and more recently on 29 April 1918 and 2 June 1919; her husband William had died in 1913

2 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Eyre Turnbull (1862-1927); ironfounder and soldier and known, presumably familiarly and jocularly, as Hot Pipes because he owned the Abbeyhill Foundry, Edinburgh which manufactured cast (i.e. hot) pipes.

Born 1862, Galashiels, died 1927, Cupar, Fife, he was also a Territorial, formerly of 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Royal Scots. (Lothian Regiment) in 1905; the 1/6th Battalion (’into 5/6th’) 4 August 1914 to 5 September 1915, and later in the First World War of the 23rd (North Western) Battalion “formed at Halton by drafts principally from men of the King’s Liverpool, South Lancs and Manchester Regiments, who previous to their transfer were guarding prisoners-of-war at the Knockaloe Camp in the Isle of Man. It remained throughout under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel T E Turnbull, V.D., and sailing in S.S. Euripides from Devonport on 12 January 1916, proceeded via the Suez Canal to Karachi, where the battalion disembarked on 10 February. Their history was an uneventful one, the Battalion was employed on Internal Security duties throughout its stay in India; first at Multan, where it was quartered in the Edwardes Barracks, then from 22 July 1918 at Bareilly in Clyde Barracks; one company was at Amritsar, according to the Indian Order of Battle, in May 1916, but there were no other detachments. The Battalion was demobilised in India; by 12 July the numbers were reduced to fifty; on 25 October it moved to Sialkot and the cadre was not finally dispersed until 4 February 1920.” [Source: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/topic/135336-rifle-brigade-service-numbers/ post #16 by ‘stiletto_33853′; London Gazette 1 August 1905 p.5296; http://www.ww1infantrycos.co.uk/royalscots.html; and the Supplement to the London Gazette 12 September 1919, both accessed 2018.04.25]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

8 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Glass rising: frost + clear sunny day when I feel it a hardship to be indoors plodding away at the books. Gave Mrs Jas. [?] Turnbull’s boy Chlor[oform] for Dav. to extract teeth. There was no Country work except Midgelands where D. [Dr David Graham] inoculated again for Typhoid1.

1 The editor has not been able to identify Midgelands in the area covered by Dr Muir’s practice

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

7 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I wasn’t out of the house at all + sat in the Smoke Room all day working at the books. Made out some of the D.D.M.S.1 accounts but hadn’t nearly enough Arm [Army?] Form 0. Wrote for more. Posted October into ledger. David [Graham] was at Thirladean, Deuchar Mill and Mt Benger. Helen lunched at Elm Park. Glass very low.

1 Deputy Director Medical Services; the form has not been identified

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

6 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Mrs Williamson had a [stroke ?] a little after 12 + I got to bed at 1.30 + slept till 9. Was not out at all except to meet Pollok + Jack1 in the Municipal Building to have a talk about the hospital. Dav. [Dr David Graham], Menzies + Hiddleston there2. The latter opposed to the scheme without any good reasons. Dav. was at [Thirladean ?], Bluecairn, Ettrickshaws + Oakwoodmill. It was a fine day with some sunshine + clear at night with a curiously low flare [?]. There has been heavy snow in England.

1 John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk and John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner with Roberts of Selkirk and three time Provost of Selkirk

2 Dr David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), Dr James Menzies (fl.1889-1919) of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk and Dr John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), all local medical practitioners

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

5 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull damp day but no rain. Gave Hall the builder’s boy Chlor[oform] + D. [Dr David Graham] extracted 2 teeth. Went to forenoon service. A small party of the A & S H1 (15) were present. Got on with writing in afternoon. Wrote long letter to Patrick + sent his last letter to Jean2. David [Graham] had a consultant out from Ed. [Edinburgh] seeing Carnegie [Alexander]. Jack, Nancy, Jock + [Barb?] came to supper3. The Durnfords called but I didn’t see them4. Was called at 10 to Miss Williamson, Kilncroft.

1 The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; they were in the process of demobilising

2 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902 and Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941), one of Dr Muir’s daughters

3 John Roberts junior, Agnes ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and two of her children, John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts and Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts

4 Major Norman Stanley M and Agnes Durnford, see 1 January 1919 entry

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]