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

Glass [barometer] falling. Wind S.W., a change impending but a fine morning. Rose 6.10 + left at 8.15. Singlie, Inch + Ettrick School house to see Robert Laidlaw + Mrs Russell. Called for Mrs Brunton, Ettrick P.O. [Post Office] but found she was in Glasgow1. It was very stiff work against the wind + I took 2 h 20 m to do the 18.5 miles. Found Mrs Russell fairly well but very feeble. At P.O. got message to General’s Bridge + came back that way at the rate of 13.5 p.h. [miles per hour]. Passed Major McDonald walking down from Feus + called at Mauldsheugh to announce his coming. Called at Ballantyne, Glebe Terrace, Got home at 1.30. Changed: had tea, a look at papers + then to the books [accounts]. It began to rain about 3 + then was a heavy fall for a couple of hours but it cleared before dark.

1 Jane Brunton was the postmistress at Ramsaycleuch, Ettrick [1920 Valuation Roll]

[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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