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

Very nice day but foggy, some hoar frost. S.W. [wind]. Muddy in places. Just a vestige of last weeks snow in hay shed. Cycled to Bowhill, Victoria Crescent, Pinegrove, Bleachfield Road, Hospital, Ettrick Mill (re cause of Anthrax1) + Bowhill where I saw Mrs Ordish2 ‘Phoned to Miss Graham for a nurse. Leaving at 1 I cycled to Riddell (vis Midlem) and Kirklea3 where I gave the “Pirates” a box of Edinburgh Rock4. The roads before Riddell + N. Sinton are awful. I put in 25 miles. H.5 + C. Smith6 at Pictures. Another letter from Patrick7 with a birthday present of a pickle fork.

1 See diary entry for 24 February 1920

2 Hannah Ordish (about 1845-1920), housekeeper at Bowhill

3 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets and Katherine Margaret Scott Anderson

4 The Pirates are presumably their children Margaret Deloraine ‘Wendy’ Ogilvie (1909-2003) and George Thomas Anderson ‘Geordo’ Ogilvie (1912-1995), later a land agent

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

6 Perhaps Catherine Adam ‘Katie’ Smith (1874-1929), daughter of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and Katie Smith MS Locke

7 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

[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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