11 October 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dry day + some sun but pretty cold. Excellent for cycling. David [Graham] had a confinement – Mrs Massey, Mavisbank – which detained him in town so I did the Lilliesleaf business. Saw Mrs Sym1 at the Manse, Andrew Fox (formerly at Linthill)2, Adam Steel, George Riddell, Mrs Elliot (who [sic] breast D. excised]3, Mrs Wood, Riddell + Andrew Cowan, Dryden4. I was very nice going round there once more but what changes! H. [Helen Muir] + I supped at Elmpark. Mrs + Mrs Brown were there. Saw Mrs [illegible] after leaving.

1 Mrs Caroline Georgina Sym née Simson (1857-1938), wife of the Reverend Arthur Pollok Sym (1862-1946), M.A. (Edin.), Church of Scotland minister, they had married 11 September 1900; she was the daughter of William Simson, Secretary to the Bank of Scotland, and Jane Christian Simson née Aberdein

2 Andrew Fox, hedger, later forester, formerly at Linthill, Lilliesleaf [1885, 1904 etc Valuation Rolls] and then noted as a retired forester and life-renter at Lilac Cottage, Lilliesleaf [1920 Valuation Roll]

3 See diary entry for 1 October 1919

4 Andrew Cowan, tenant occupier at Dryden, Ashkirk [1919 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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