12 March 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Surprisingly cold S.E. wind + falling glass [barometer]. Wind went gradually to S. + S.W. + after some drizzle at midday a Sou’ Wester developed. It was fair again at night. I motored in town + to Beechwood, Sawmill + Bowhill. Spent the afternoon over my lecture for Monday night, or address rather. Then when I got back from Bowhill I found there had been a hurried message to see Pretty1 + they had got Hiddleston who, it turned out, had been attending him! David was at Borthwick Shiels1.

1 John Pritty, burgh surveyor, was at Craigneuk, Chapel Street, Selkirk with his wife Mary Fletcher Smith and children Lucy H Pritty and Thomas W Pritty; he was from Lanarkshire [1911 Census]

2 Borthwickshiels, Roberton, Roxburghshire at grid reference NGR NT435,156 would appear to be outwith the co-partnery’s area but with a route out of Ashkirk via Esdale Law and Blawearie it is closer ‘as the crow flies’ than would otherwise seem

[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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