4 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

About the keenest frost of the winter. Ice floating down the river. Cloudless sky + quite calm. A lovely day for movement but infernally cold all the same! Cycled in the town + to Bowhill + Hawkshaw1 (only I didn’t get so far as I met Annie2 near Rabbithall3) = 12 [?] + after tea to Briarbank = 19.35. D [Dr David Graham] at Lewenshope. I am afraid he is smelling about after Mrs Mackintosh’s Wolsley.

1 Hawkshaw or Hawkshawhall, Kirkhope, grid reference NGR 376242, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire Sheet XV, published 1863

2 Ann Helen ‘Annie’ Little (1894-1968) of Hawkshaw, Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Dr Muir’s much-appreciated servant for 6½ years until early 1918 when she left go to Moffat Hydro Military Hospital on V.A.D. work

3 Rabbithall Plantation, Kirkhope, grid reference NT383240, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire Sheet XV, published 1863

[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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