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

Keen frost + thick rime1 which entirely disappeared in the course of the day. There was occasional very slight drizzle. Roads very sticky + greasy. Baptie was twice unconscious in the harness room from inhaling CO [Carbon monoxide] from the Ford exhaust. I cycled in the Town + up to Yarrowford + Bowhill + finally to Shawpark. D [Dr David Graham] was at Ashkirktown. Helen [Muir] had a walk with Miss Brown, one of D.’s Mauldsheugh patients + brought her back to tea.

1 Rime has good credentials in the south of Scotland c.f. ‘Dictionar o the Scots Leid’ “Rime, n., v. Also rhyme, rim. [rəim] I. n. 1. Hoar-frost (Peb. 1802 C. Findlater Agric. Peb. 6; Mry. 1925; Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. XIII. 36; Cai. 1931). Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial. Also attrib. in comb. rim-frost, id. (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis) and fig. Deriv. rimie, frosty. Gen.Sc.Rxb.  1808  A Scott Poems 95: Nae rime this year amang the corn Did mar the kindly reapin morn.”

[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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