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

Had an attack of indigestion during the night: probably amylaceous. Motored down to Sunderland Hall stables after breakfast + came back by Forest Road. Left at 11.15 in Jack’s motor + picked up Dav. [Dr David Graham] + Pat Smith1 + went to Tom Anderson’s Funeral2. It was a beautiful day. There was [a] service in the Church taken by Kirkpatrick3: Mackenzie4 at the grave + McMillan 5 pronounced the benediction. Had one of the chords with Ogilvie, Q.S. + U. + S. Alexander + a man I didn’t know6. In afternoon went for a run to St Boswells, Courthill, Nenthorn, Mellowlees + walked the road from Cove House to Craig House7 coming home via Leaderfoot + Gattonside [?] 35½.

1 Patrick ‘Pat’ Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute for Selkirk and Peebles

2 Thomas Scott Anderson (1852-1919), M.D., landowner, sheep farmer and author, never practised as a medical practitioner, since 1891 of Ettrickshaws, Kirkhope

3 The Reverend R Kirkpatrick, minister of Yarrow Church

4 The Reverend George E Mackenzie, Minister of Kirkhope Church 1918-1934

5 The Reverend Hugh Macmillan (1842-1930), former Minister of Kirkhope, later at Edinburgh

6 The funeral is described relatively briefly in the Southern Reporter 26 June 1919; the pallbearers are not identified

7 Mellowlees, Nenthorn Parish, grid reference kilometre square NGR NT6537, Covehouse, NT628379 and Craig House, Mertoun Parish, approximate grid reference NT6237 [Craig House is clearly shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet VIII.1897 / 1899 while the route from Cove House across Brotherston Moor and below Redpath Hill may be clearly seen on Roxburghshire Sheet IV.SE, 1898 / 1899]

[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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