15 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I hadn’t a single thing to do till I got a message to see Williamina Scott1, Dovecot in the afternoon. [word deleted] but I was for 2 hours solid standing to give Chlor[oform] first for Nelly Turnbull2 whose breach D. removed + Jas. Riddell3 from whose elbow he removed some tuberculous bone. Made out accounts. Attended Mrs Little4, Croft Terrace who had a d. at 6.20. p.m. Dora5, Crissie6 + Miss Campbell7 went in the car to Glen… + called for Mich [?] Glendinning8. There were a few drops of rain in the morning + evening but nothing at all. Letters from Guy and Helen9.

1 Williamina Scott, Dovecot is presumably Miss Wilhelmina Keddy Scott (about 1844-1923), dressmaker, who was proprietor of a house and garden at 22 Dovecot Park, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/131, Selkirk Burch, page 131 of 644]

2 Nelly Turnbull’s baby does not appear to have survived and Dr Muir’s phrasing here is not positive

3 Assume James Riddell, millworker, who was tenant at 3 Inglis Close, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/153, Selkirk Burch, page 153 of 644]

4 Jean Messer Little, born 15 July 1921, daughter of James Little, cabinetmaker, and Jean Little née Walker, married 1913, Selkirk [1921, 778/76, Selkirk]

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (c.1846-1924), daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official, and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

7 Miss Sarah Campbell is unidentified

8 Assume Michael Glendinning (d.1922), retired farmer, tenant occupier, house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish [1919 + 1920 Valuation Rolls] and formerly the tenant at Williamhope [1905 Valuation Roll]

9 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), United Free Church of Scotland Minister, Dr Muir’s brother and his wife Helen Drysdale Wilson (though if the text reads letters – as it may – then Helen will refer to Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’’s third daughter)

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

14 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

S.E. Cool: pleasant, dull towards evening + a few (literally) drops of rain. Small town list + no country work till a ‘Phone message at 3 to a man Trotter1, Sundhopeburn to which I cycled after a meeting of St Andrew Amb. Assoc.2 at which, besides Chalmers3, Sec[retary], Mrs Mack4 (a member of the Comttee), myself (Chairman), the public was represented by T Craig Brown5 + Robert Currie Senr!6 A nurse friend of Dora’s = Sarah Campbell7 came for the week end. Minnie Brown came at night about V.A.D. medals8.

1 Nathaniel Trotter, byreman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Sundhopeburn, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]

2 The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association, which had been “resuscitated”, as Dr Muir put it, by Chalmers and others in 1920 in response to the presentation of a Motor Ambulance by T Craig Brown [see diary entry for Tuesday 27 January 1920]

3 Assume James George Chalmers (about 1860-1943), solicitor, bank agent and sometime Town Clerk Depute; at Selkirk between at least 1903-1942, at Hillside Terrace and later at The Floors, Russell Place

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

5 Thomas Craig Brown or T Craig Brown (1844-1922), woollen manufacturer, antiquary and local historian

6 Robert Currie “senior” is presumably Robert Currie (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, the fourth of five generations with the same name but the elder of the two alive at this time; for the avoidance of misunderstanding across the long span of Dr Muir’s diaries he has always been identified as Robert Currie junior and his son, rather unsatisfactorily, as Robert Currie V

7 Sarah Campbell is not identified

8 See also diary entry for 17 July 1921; Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who served in Egypt and France 1916-1919; curiously the Editor’s list of the people who appear in Dr Muir’s diaries does not record her as one of those young women who received acknowledgment of their V.A.D. contribution, in contrast with Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger, Marion Vassie ‘May’ Lindsay, Margaret Isabel Dunlop or Gertrude Isabella ‘Gerty’ Craig Brown for example [‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s.’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922]

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

13 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Pleasant day with cool almost sharp SE wind. 5 weeks today since there was any rain to do good. A girl Campbell1 from a caravan who came into Hospital2 last night with what Dav.3 thought was Diph[theria] died this evening of Malignant Scarlet Fever. Saw her three times + was present when she died at 7.20. Was not out of town. Made out some accounts. Dav. had a confinement at Fauldshope (Duguid4). Dora5 + Crissie6 had a walk to Bridgelands, St Helen’s + Broomhill7.

1 Alice Campbell, died 13 July 1921, aged 16, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence 25 Home Street, Hamilton, of “Malignant Scarlatina 5 days” certified by “Dr John S Muir M.B. +c” [1921, 778/ 52, Selkirk]

2 The Infectious Diseases Hospital (19th-20th Century), was at Buxton, grid reference NGR NT48515,28659, just east of Ashburn and Buxton Cottage at the north end of the Selkirk Hills, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.NW, revised 1930 [Source: Canmore ID 353686 Canmore Permalink]

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

4 James Duguid, born 12 July 1921 at Fauldshope Cottages, Kirkhope, daughter of Francis Duguid, ploughman, and Helen Duguid née Graham, married 30 April 1915, Peebles [1921, 776/ 4, Kirkhope]

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

7 Bridgelands, St Helen’s and Broomhill are close together, north east of Selkirk, and visible on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII, publication date 1863

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

12 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A delightful day: sunny + warm but with a cooling E wind. Agnes + Maggie1 left by the 9.37. I have enjoyed their visit greatly. Cycled to Hospital, several mills + Oakwood. [word deleted] Got photo group of Guy, Helen2 + Dora3 + there was a copy for the Logans which arrived after they had left. Wrote Guy’s Helen: ordered some cigarettes. Helen4 + circus men at Elmpark5 for tea. Berries on Rowan tree actually showing redness.

1 Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928) and Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughters of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousins; both died Logie, Stirlingshire

2 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother, was married to Helen Drysdale Wilson

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

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

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

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

11 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fine dishes of strawberries

Cycled to Scaurneuk before breakfast. Much cooler + continued so all day. N.W. [wind] Was called to see Miss Harvey1 (daughter of Harvey, Minto). They are living in Miss Lamb’s house2. She is very pretty + looked 19 or 20 + turned out to be 30! Saw a town list of 11 + in the afternoon made out some accounts. Sent Agnes, Maggie3 + Crissie4 in the car to walk to the Gala Rigg5. We all + Jack6 dined at Elmpark7 where we had the usual generous hospitality. Wind pretty strong at night.

1 Alexander Harvey, schoolmaster at Minto, Roxburghshire and his wife Isabella Tait Melrose had married 24 December 1885 at Selkirk and had three daughters of whom Ella Tait Melrose Harvey (1890-) and Margaret Minto Harvey (1892-) are the most likely matches

2 Miss Lamb’s house cannot be readily identified because there was a number of different Lamb households in the Valuation Roll

3 Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928) and Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughters of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousins; both died Logie, Stirlingshire

4 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

5 Gala Rigg, east of Selkirk, grid reference NT495,273

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law

7 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), whose generosity was such that her home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

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

10 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Same hot dry brilliant weather but more wind. Delicious in the garden at night. Cycled to Oakwood, Bluecairn + Bowhill in forenoon. Did some writing +c in afternoon. Went to evening service with Maggie Logan1 who was also at church in morning with Crissie2. Mr Kirkwood3, Kelso, preached from “The Wrath of man shall praise him”4. Mrs Mackintosh5, Jack, Barb6 + Betty Cairns7 [?] were at supper + were all out in the tennis green after. David8 ran in to Ed. [Edinburgh] to see Norah9.

1 Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughter of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousin; died Logie, Stirlingshire

2 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (c.1846-1924), daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official, and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

3 The Reverend Thomas Crawford Kirkwood (1849-1930), Church of Scotland minister, at Kelso Trinity about 1880-1926

4 “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” Psalms 76.10

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

6 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), mill owner and Dr Muir’s son-in-law and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), his eldest daughter

7 Betty Cairns is not identified

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

9 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

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

9 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another fearfully hot day. Motored to Scaurneuk + took Maggie Logan1 returning via Bowhill + Colin’s Bridge. then to Faldonside to Mrs Ferguson2 with bites on her leg. Then to Oakwood to see Lilly Grieve’s child3. It was very pleasant after dinner to sit in the tennis green with a minimum of clothing + read. The Logans are easily entertained + enjoy the garden. Agnes’4 deafness is a drawback to conversation but she is very nice + Maggie’s sharp good humour very enjoyable. They have brought a great many incidents of my boyhood to my recollection.

1 Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughter of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousin; died Logie, Stirlingshire

2 Mrs Ferguson, Faldonside appears to be a member of staff for the Dees family, perhaps a nurse or governess

3 Assume Lillias Linton Grieve (1918-2011), daughter of William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns, and Lillias ‘Lilly’ Grieve née Linton, married 11 April 1916, Manor Parish, Peeblesshire; she was thus the granddaughter of Simon Linton

4 Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928), daughter of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousin; died Logie, Stirlingshire

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

8 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very hot sultry day. I left at 5.30 + cycled up to Scaurneuk, found Mrs Geddes1 easier. Helped D.2 at 2 ops. = Mrs Wight3, Thirlestane P. S. (whom he suspected to have ectopic cyst but it turned out a twisted appendix), + a boy of Jonny [?] Palfrey4 t. + a [tonsils and adenoids]. Hired from Bryson5 + took the 4 girls to Smailholm Castle + back by Bemersyde Hill where we had tea. Very enjoyable run which I actually did with a thin shirt, no semmitte6, no waistcoat + no overcoat! Dav. ran into Ed. [Edinburgh] at night to see Norah7 who has had a M.C.8

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

2 Geddes Scaurneuk, Yarrow, 1921 John Geddes, shepherd, 1922 onwards then, Mrs Margaret Geddes nee Graham (about 1855-), were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1922, VR011700009- ] = John died 29 August 1921, at Scaurneuk, Yarrow, aged 78; she was born about 1855, supposedly at Libberton, Lanarks 78 [1921! 779/1 2, Yarrow]

3 Mrs Wight ? William Wight, Police Constable, was at the Police Station, Thirlestane, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/314, Selkirk County, page 314 of 611] see also marriage WIGHT WILLIAM and Sarah Jane Forrest Anderson [1912, 778/ 48, Selkirk] her ? about 1887-1937 ?William Wight police constable, 23, of Victoria Crescent, Selkirk, and Sarah … aged 25, of Brownrig, North Berwick, married 6 Dec 1912 at Selkirk Manse (she died 1937, was born Courhope aka Cour Hope, Eddleston, Peeblesshire, 1887)

4 The Palfrey family had moved to Selkirk from Tillycoultry, Clacks, but it has been extremely difficult to identify the individuals referred to here as Palfrey and child

5 Bryson later Croall, Bryson & Co. Ltd., Municipal Garage, High Street, motor dealers

6 Semmit, n. Also sem(m)et, se(a)mit, semmad (Cai.). A man’s (or ‡woman’s) undershirt or vest, usu. of wool or flannel (m. and s.Sc. 1869 Athenaeum (13 March) 382, Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 352; Gall. 1904 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. [Dictionar o the Scots Leid]

7 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

8 M.C. is normally Dr Muir’s abbreviation for a medical condition

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

7 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightful day: no more rain + yesterday’s has made little or no impression. The pastures up Yarrow are burned brown + the only green on the hills is the bracken. After seeing a few town cases I cycled to Beechwood + Scaurneuk. Mrs Geddes1 [?] has symptoms of gastric tumour. There was a slight west wind. Alf. Yellowlees youngest child2 died. Mrs Grieve (Lilly Linton)3 + her husband called with their children4, one of whom had an eruption on the back. Baptie5 went to Gala + met the Logans6. It was nice seeing them again. David7 went to Ed. [Edinburgh] in the evening to see Norah8. Tonic wines from Godfree9 arrived + there was a bottle of Port short.

1 Geddes Scaurneuk, Yarrow, 1921 John Geddes, shepherd, 1922 onwards then, Mrs Margaret Geddes née Graham (about 1855-), were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1922, VR011700009- ] = John died 29 August 1921, at Scaurneuk, Yarrow, aged 78; she was born about 1855, supposedly at Libberton, Lanarks, and died 1937 at Dunsyre, Lanarkshire 78 [1921, 779/1 2, Yarrow]

2 Elise Irene Yellowlees, died 7 July 1921, at Whinfield,, Selkirk, aged 1 year 8 months, of “Acute Intussusception 24 hours” certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; she was the daughter of Alfred George Yellowlees, timber merchant, and Helen Violet Yellowlees née Dunn [1921, 778/ 51, Selkirk]

3 Lillias ‘Lilly’ Grieve née Linton (1877-1957) and her husband William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns; she was the daughter of Simon Linton,

4 The two children were Lillias Linton Grieve (1918-2011) and Christian Glendinning Grieve (1919-1981), daughter and son of William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns, and Lillias Lilly Grieve née Linton, married 11 April 1916, Manor Parish, Peeblesshire

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

6 The Logans were Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928) and Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughters of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousins; both died Logie, Stirlingshire

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

8 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

9 Godfree has not been identified

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

6 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull pleasant day with a few drops of rain in the morning + a shower from 3 to 5 but not enough. First rain of any consequence since June 8th. I [illegible] Robert Tait1, Goslaw Green, before he went off to the Deaconess Hospital2. David3 came in at 10 + we went over all the cases +c. I cycled out to Sprot Homes4 + then ran round by Clarilaw + Bowden Toll to Lindean + Bridgelands. I was pretty hot when I got home but there was not a burning sun like some days lately.

1 Robert Tait, powerloom tuner, was tenant at No. 1 Goslaw Green [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/224, Selkirk Burgh, page 224 of 644]

2 In 1888 the Very Reverend Professor A H Charteris sought and was given the approval of the General Assembly for a scheme for the organisation of women’s work in the Church. The Deaconess Hospital was opened in 1894 as the second building for his project, providing practical training in nursing for Deaconesses, each of whom spent a year there as part of her training, and they could if they chose become fully qualified nurses through a further three years in the hospital’s Nurses’ Training School [Source: Lothian Hospital Histories Deaconess Hospital accessed 9 June 2021]

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

4 Sprot Homes refers to the homes provided at Lilliesleaf by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

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