31 December 1918 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir of Selkirk

Did not get Mrs Tait over till 2.30. Jas Tait is a son of Mrs Tait, Peelburnhead who used to be at Kersknowe. Tait walked down with me1. Baptie had been entertained at Old Lewenshope. Got to bed at 4.30. Put off sick parade till 10. Saw Murdoch [? Resting] very easy2. Saw some town cases walking & in afternoon motored to Yair & Thirladean (Gray). Got some holly at Bowhill yesterday. Helen had Isobel Rodger & Helen Smith at tea. Yesterday morning Dora ‘Phoned that she was going off to the Baltic again (Copenhagen). Did not stay up to see the New Year in.

1 Betsy Morrison Bulloch Tait, daughter of James Tait, shepherd, and Marion Tait Black Tait née Bulloch, born 31 December 1918, Lewenshope Hope, Yarrow [birth registered 25 January 1919 at Yarrow]. The parents had married 2 March 1917 at Craigneuk, Dalziel, Lanarkshire

2 The editors assume that this is George Murdoch (c.1842-1919); hall keeper, previously police constable, of Victoria Hall, Scott’s Place, Selkirk

Note: Lewenshope Hope is at NGR NT369,317

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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