30 January 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Snow lying but roads slushy except in shade where it froze. Pretty hard at night. Fine sunny day but bitterly cold W [wind]. Motored to Goslaw Green / Hillside, Nursing Home &c. + called for Lady N. [Napier1] at Mauldsheugh. Went on to Carterhaugh to see Elder the gardener2 (who used to beat Thirladean) + met Mrs Scott, widow of Lord Charles3. Went to Newark Mill + back by Dunsdale. Banked some money + then was busy marking out paid accounts which are coming in pretty well. Up to date 1919-20 is £1268.

1 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), the Hon., Lady Napier

2 Thomas Elder (1855-1941), domestic gardener, was an ‘Inhabitant Occupier not rated’ at Carterhaugh [Valuation Roll 1920]

3 Assume Ada Mary Montagu Douglas Scott née Ryan (d.1943), wife of Admiral Lord Sir Charles Thomas Montagu Douglas Scott (1839-1911)

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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