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

Beautiful sunny forenoon + much milder but after midday it got cloudy, Misty + drizzly. I thought to get to forenoon service but did not get back from Manorhill, Nest, Bogle House, Hospital +c till 12. Then I saw Mrs Miller, Elmrow. Went to evening service when [The] Reverend [Mr] Ross1 reminded me that there had not been a February with 5 Sundays for 40 years + there would not be another for 28. Went out to Longmoss at 8 p.m. for David to see Maggie Anderson’s baby2 + Mrs Fairbairn3.

1 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland minister

2 John Walter Anderson, born 2 August 1919, at Longmoss, Lindean (Galashiels), son of Margaret Paterson Fairbairn and Adam Anderson, ploughman, married 1 August 1919 at Bowden; Maggie was married from Longmoss, her new husband was from Houdshall south of Clarilawmuir

3 It is probable that this refers to Mrs Jane Fairbairn née Keddie, Maggie’s mother, who lived at Longmoss too, with her husband Archibald Fairbairn, a farmer

[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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