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

Was rung up at 4 a.m. for Mrs Anderson, Craighill1. Left at 5 + got back for breakfast. It was quite mild today + there was not a trace of snow up Ettrick. Saw some on Windlestrawlaw2 in afternoon. Baptie took Dav. [Graham] to Broadmeadows + then took me to Riddell, Prieston + Ladylands. Went to meeting of Hosp. Committee. Scott of Gala3 was there in place of A F Roberts4 resigned. After dinner had to walk in torrents of rain to the Firs to see McPherson the cook who used to be at Rectory. Nancy5 had a fall from her horse on Headshaw Moor + got a shake + a bruise but no serious injury.

1 Assume Margaret Anderson née McCliskie (1867-), wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd; they had married 1904 at Dunbar and were at Riskenhope, Ettrick in 1911 Census while John L Anderson, shepherd, was at Craighill, Ettrick, in the 1920 Valuation Roll, presumably with his wife

2 Windlestrawlaw or Windlestraw Law, Innerleithen, grid reference NGR NT371,431

3 John Scott of Gala, Gala House, Galashiels

4 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandy’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, of Fairnilee

5 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

[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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