20 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another day like yesterday but hazier. Cycled down to ? Mill, Yarrow Mill, Sunderland Hall, Yair + Fairnilee. Then left by [sic] bicycle just beyond the Bogle house + walked up the hill coming down by Caddonfoot Church1. Did not get home for tea till 4. Cycled down to Sunderland Hall stables at night. Dav. [Dr David Graham] got the bad news, by wire, of his mother’s sudden death in India2. Helen [Muir] + Julia cycled down to Melrose Hydro where Mr Pringle is staying. The Patons were at Wellwood3.

1 Dr Muir appears to have struck off just north of Fairnilee (Bogle House is shown there on the OS Landranger mapping), at approximate grid reference NGR NT456,328, and walked north along Fairnilee and Neidpath Hills, above the Bogle Pool on the River Tweed, and presumably down the Blakehope Burn to Caddonfoot Church (Canmore ID54441) at NT450,347

2 Katherine Graham née McConachie, died 15 May 1919; she was the wife of the Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931, and mother of David Charteris Graham (1889-1963) who got his middle name from Professor Archibald Hamilton Charteris, D.D., who, as Convener of the Committee on Christian Life and Work, oversaw the establishment of, inter alia, the ‘Lady Grisell Baillie Memorial Hospital’ and the hospital at Kalimpong in the Eastern Himalayas

3 The Patons, Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes (about 1841-1940), were sisters living on their own means [1901 Census]

[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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