19 February 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Calm dull day: some frost. Snow fell heavily from between 3 + 4. I was able to cycle in the morning however (the first time since Jan 27) first to Mavisbank + Elmrow + then to Fairnilee + Yair returning by Hospital. Was called in to Ormiston the farmer at Yair to see a boy1. Dav [Dr David Graham] was at Briarbank, Ashkirktown, Whitehillbrae, Yarrowford, Deuchar Mill, Old Mill Farm + Ravensheugh2. Helen had supper with Agnes Durnford who is living all alone at Elmpark3.

1 Samuel Ormiston (or Ormston) junior of Yairbridge (farm and house), Hen Row (houses) and Garden House (house), all Caddonfoot, 1919 VR. Samuel Ormston, farmer, of Yair Farm, Caddonfoot, son of Samuel Ormston and Margaret Ormston née Stirling had married Bessie Kennedy of Nookhaugh, Ashkirk, 17 December 1910 at Ashkirk. Samuel Ormston junior was born January 1881 at Easter Ulston, Jedburgh, though his parents had married at Ashkirk. The married couple do not appear to have had children by 1919, if at all, so the boy referred to is presumably the child of a farm employee

2 Ashkirktown, Ashkirk, NT470216; Whitehillbrae, NT403244; Deuchar Mill, Yarrow, NT365277; Old Mill Farm, Selkirk, NT448277 and Ravensheugh, Selkirk, NT455287

3 Agnes Watson Harper (1888-1976), daughter of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, Sheriff Substitute of Selkirkshire, and Agnes Harper née Watson, later Mackintosh; she had married, 2 July 1918, Mayfield United Free Church, Newington, Edinburgh, Major Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965), Army Service Corps, of Stoke Bishop, Bristol

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

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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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