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

Not so misty this morning but a great heat haze all day. Motored to Forest Road + Sunderland Hall + Hospital where a case of enteric has been sent by Menzies. We had a pic-nic of the V.A.D. to Blackandro [Black Andrew]. We met at the bridge, there were at least 15 cyclist + as many drove in a [shooting] brake. Sheriff Smith was there. The weather was perfect. Miss Beck + Mrs Weir went away earlier in my motor to get the kettle boiled. After tea the most of us walked to Duke Walter’s Cairn2. It was a most enjoyable meeting. There were 6 Gala members there viz [?] Tyrell, Connochie, Hall, Sutherland, Shortreed + McLean2. I sent Hall + Shortreed home in the Swift.

1 Duke Walter’s Cairn, “A large cairn on the top of Fauldshope Hill. Erected as inscribed thereon, on 25 November 1827, being the day on which the present Duke of Buccleuch reached his majority, hence the name – it is between 40 and 50 feet high and can be seen at considerable distance.” [Source: Selkirkshire Ordnance Survey Name Books, Selkirkshire volume 10, 1858, OS1/30/10/121]

2 The Galashiels members appear to be Edward Tyrell M.D. of Wellwood, Scott Street, Galashiels and Thomas Dixon Connochie, M.R.C.V.S.

[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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