21 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightful mild day rather hazy. Saw town cases + Beechwood walking. After breakfast gave John S. ? Mavisbank1 chlor[oform] + extracted 5 teeth. Nancy + Helen2 walked to Whitlaw + watched the hounds which met at Bowden Moor3. They had a splendid view of the hunt. There was a touch of frost this morning, fairly sharp + the ground remained hard in the shade but there was enough mud on the Yarrow road to enable a passing car to bespattered me plentifully.

1 John S Gray has not been identified but Andrew Gray, a weaver, born Lanarkshire, was lodging at Mavis Bank, 1911 Census and was a tenant at 7a Mavis Bank, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

3 Whitlaw Farm is at grid reference NGR NT517300 to the south east of Bowdenmoor [farm] at NT535318, itself just west of Bowden Moor

[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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