4 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Not so fine. Some mist in the early morning + words deleted less sunshine. Coldish NE wind. Message to Mrs Dees1, Faldonside. Ran down first thing in car + took Peter2 behind3. Mrs D had a palmar abscess. Saw And. Brown4 twice (no better). Cycled to Riddell, Lilliesleaf, Midlem + Buxton5. Took my tea with me + had it in the cut down wood above Netheraw6. It was bright there. David7 at Elmpark. Miss Wallace8 came up to look after Peter. Jack, Nancy + Barbara9 there. It was Mrs Mack’s10 birthday + she gave me a great feast + loaded us with chocolates at parting. In the dining room at parting we had a tender passage!

1 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), wife of Robert Irwin Dees

2 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

3 Peter will have been passenger in a ‘dickie seat’, presumably behind Dr Muir and his driver; the dickie was a spare seat in early cars, behind the driver’s and first passenger’s cab, deployed by opening a cover built into the rear bodywork, often fully upholstered but offering an isolated and exposed ride

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

5 Buxton Cottage, Selkirk is on the road that leads past Pringle Park to the Selkirk Hills; at grid reference NGR NT483,287 it is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW published 1900

6 Netherraw, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT553,239, but the location of the woods cannot be identified

7 Jane Wallace (1874-), nurse to the Roberts family, Dr Muir’s grandchildren [see diary entries for 6 April 1915, 22 October 1916 and 7 April 1918 and 1911 Census]; she was born at Langbarns, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire

8 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir and very ill by this date

9 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior, Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their eldest daughter Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg

10 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), formerly of Elm Park, Selkirk; immensely generous, her home was sometimes described 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]

3 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another absolutely perfect day. Wind round to S. Helen1 left at 10 + motored to Carlisle to meet Peter Allan2. She got back at 5.30 having done the journey without mishap or delay. I cycled in the town, out to Buxton3 + then to Howden4 + Oakwood, Yarrow Terrace + Tweed Mill. Saw Andrew Brown5, Dunreay 3x. Dora6 doing the cooking + housekeeping to perfection. Delightful in garden. Swallows at the eaves for the first time this year.

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

2 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

3 Buxton Cottage, Selkirk is on the road that leads past Pringle Park to the Selkirk Hills; at grid reference NGR NT483,287, it is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW published 1900

4 Howden is a small cluster of properties south west of Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT452,271, proprietor Professor Andrew Seth Pringle Pattison, occupied by a number of people including Peter S Herkes, roadman, William Elder, gardener, William Horsburgh, shepherd, James Weir, ploughman and Michael Reddington, ploughman [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/326, Selkirk County, page 326 of 611]

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

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

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

2 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A most glorious day like Monday week when [I] had my long run. Uninterrupted sunshine + a gentle cool NW wind. After seeing a few town cases cycled to Hospital, Faldonside (message to see Dees1 who has a swollen face from fly bites), Buccleuch Road, Beechwood, Philiphaugh Stables + Oakwood2, getting back after 3. Had a quiet afternoon chiefly in the arbour when Mrs Mack3 gave me a call. She had been in Edinburgh + had called for Jean4. Had to go out at 9.30 out to Buxton5.

1 Robert Irwin ‘Robber’ Dees (1872-1943), had inherited approximately £90,000 on the death of his uncle Robert Richardson Dees, solicitor, of Wallsend, in 1908 and had taken the tenancy of Faldonside in 1920

2 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk

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

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

5 Buxton Cottage, Selkirk is on the road that leads past Pringle Park to the Selkirk Hills; at grid reference NGR NT483,287 it is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW published 1900

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

1 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The barometer bounded up from 20 to 12 yesterday to 10 just this morning. It was still coldish but quite fair. Saw half a doz town cases walking, + Viewfield. Cycled to Lilliesleaf going + coming by Midlem. Took Mrs Black1, Whitmuirhall Toll the egg basket she sent me the gulls eggs in. Saw And. Brown2 twice, he was no better. Called out at 8.30 to see a Miss McLeish living with Miss Chalmers3 in Alec Brodie’s4, Forest Road. Made Helen5 keep her feet up all day.

1 John Black, gamekeeper, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at The Old Tollhouse, Whitmuirhall, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

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

3 Neither Miss McLeish nor Miss Chalmers has been identified

4 Alex J Brodie, joiner, was tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644]

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper had been suffering with blistered feet

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

31 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair today + sunny in the afternoon. Very slight N to NE wind. Much pleasanter but not warm. Dyspepsia troublesome + small town list. 8 cases: saw Andrew Brown1 twice + a Miss McLeish2 with Alec Brodie3 [illegible]. Cycled to Lilliesleaf to Beatrice Gray4. Went + came by Midlem. Helen’s5 blistered feet very sore + I induced her to keep it up all day. Baptie6 motored Bella7 to Ettrickbridgend for her holiday.

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

2 Miss McLeish is not identified, see also diary entry for 1 June 1921

3 Alex J Brodie, joiner, was tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644]

4 Miss Beatrice Gray (about 1862-1940), Proprietor Occupier of a house ‘The Knowe’, Lilliesleaf [1925 Valuation Roll] but previously at Gowanlea, Cavers with her brother Peter, a farmer, and Elizabeth Gray, their widowed mother [1911 Census]

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

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

7 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper for whom Dr Muir had booked a room previously

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

30 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another showery day. At times the rain was very heavy but there were some blinks of sun between. I was not out of the town. Andrew Brown1 pretty ill + very delirious. Saw him twice. Finished posting April + got book ready for June. David 2 did Oakwood +c. Helen + Nancy3 walked to Ettrickbridgend to get rooms for Bella 4 which they secured at Miss Kennedy’s 5. Helen came home with a blistered heel. Helen came home with a blistered heel.

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

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

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and, Dr Muir’s third and second daughters respectively

4 Assume Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper but whether this is for recuperation (she had poor health) or a holiday is unclear

5 Mrs Annie Isabella Kennedy, recorded as tenant of property at Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope in 1924, was widowed in 1921 but it may be that an unmarried daughter was managing the family’s affairs [1924 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/476, Selkirk County, page 476 of 611 1911] Census?]

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

29 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair in morning but showery most of the day + not warm. Wind variable xxxxxx Was knocked up at 5.30 a.m. to see And. Brown1, Dunreay. He had got out of bed himself + nearly fainted. Saw him again in forenoon. Had 2 cases of teeth with gas + a woman (Malkin2) at Viewfield in forenoon with D.3 + in afternoon D. operated on Scott4, Midgehope for append[icitis], a friend of D’s named Davidson5 assisted. Matron is away for a holiday. Went to evening service. Wellwood + Elmpark6 at supper.

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

2 Jeannie Clark Malkin née Christie, see also diary entry for 13 May 1921

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

4 Henry Scott, farmer, was tenant at Midgehope, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll VR011700009-/311, Selkirk County, page 311 of 611]

5 Samuel Davidson (1871-1958), M.D., of Kelso is mentioned later in May 1921 but that may be a coincidence

6 The Wellwooders were John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior, Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and 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, while Elmpark was the 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]

28 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Bright morning but showery all day. I cycled to Darnick + got a very heavy plump1 at the Faldonside Farm Mill + again coming back from Oakwood but the rain will do a lot of good2. The greenery is lovely. Helen3 had 15 of her Brownies for tea.

1 A heavy downpour of rain, a deluge, “the heavy shower that often succeeds a clap of thunder” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1923–26 Wilson). Gen.Sc. Also in combs. plump-shower, thunder-plump, id. ‘Dictionar o the Scots Leid’

2 Dr Muir had referred to a drought previously in his diary for 1921

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

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

27 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Lovely morning + forenoon: cold wind: heavy hail shower between 1 + 2 + some showers of rain after. Cycled in town + to High Faldonside. Found Jessie1 in bed after having 3 teeth out yesterday. When I got back (I was caught in the hail showers at the 1st milestone) found message to Alex. Davidson who has left Bridgend Lowood + is now living in Darnick2. Motored down. He was knocked down in the road by a sheep on Monday. Found him with temp. of 103o. David3 actually cycled to Midgehope4.

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

2 Alexander G Davidson, shepherd, was at Bridgend, Melrose in the 1920 Valuation Roll so Dr Muir appears to have made a mistake here [1920 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/263, Roxburgh County, page 263 of 993]; it seems this is the same Alexander Gibson Davidson (about 1851-1925) who was steward at Broadmeadows at the end of the 19th Century [1897 Valuation Roll, VR011700007-/379, Selkirk County, page 379 of 561 and 1901 Census Selkirk 778/ 11/ 10, page 10 of 17]

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

4 It is possible that Dr Graham was going to Midgehope to see Henry Scott, see diary entry for 29 May 1921

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

26 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weeping ash budding

There was a little rain this morning but nothing more than wet the surface. Wind into N.W. + not so warm as the last 3 days. Motored in town, Oakwood, Weatherhouse1, Yarrowford, Philiphaugh [and] Beechwood. Had nothing to do after till Minnie Brown2 came down about her father. Jim Brydon3, Annelshope, called. Wire from Charlie Spittal4 announcing his sister’s death5. Wrote him. Also wrote Dr Gray about Pike6. Letter from Jean7. H., D., Nancy8 +c at Picture House.

1 Weatherhouse, which is not often mentioned by Dr Muir, is on the Bowhill estate just upstream of Carterhaugh Bridge, grid reference NGR NT428,268

2 Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who served in Egypt and France 1916-1919 and her father Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, both resident Dunreay, Selkirk

3 James Brydon, shepherd, was at Shankend, Ettrick and Margaret Brydon, spinster, of Annelshope (nearby) was proprietor [1930 Valuation Roll, VR011700010-/190, Selkirk County, page 190 of 829]

4 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Spittal (1877-1947), rancher, accountant and son of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends; he had come back to the UK to fight in the First World War but at the time of his sister’s death he was at 122 Rue Sainte, Marseille

5 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921) had died 25 May 1921; she was daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh, her husband William had died in 1913 and she is referred to in Dr Muir’s diaries a number of times between 1915 and 1919 as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh; her Probate notes that she was formerly of 20 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, her cause of death was attributed, amongst other things, to “Arteriosclerosis 6 years” and left estate worth £164,634 17s 6d

6 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval at the time) at Newington, Edinburgh

7 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

8 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s three youngest daughters

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