5 April 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Actually no rain today : calm + mild but no sunshine + no drouth1. Roads execrable, they are getting worse + worse: cycled to Beechwood, Yarrowford, Whinfield, Dunsdale + Faldonside = 18.7 [miles]. Helen2 was at Mauldsheugh for tea + Isa Graham3 came to dinner + the two of them went to a theatrical performance in the Victoria Hall. David [Graham] also went.

1 Drouth, n. and v. Also drooth, drowth, †druth. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. drought. The forms drouth and drowth are now only in dial. or poet. use in Eng. Cf. Drocht. [Dictionar o’ the Scots Leid]; it is probably best known in Scots language and literature though not exclusively, see for example Thomas Hardy’s poem of new love ‘After The Visit’ which is cut down here but posted in full in the following post “Come again to the place | Where your presence was as a leaf that skims | Down a drouthy way whose ascent bedims | The bloom on the farer’s face.”

2 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

3 Isa Graham was Dr David Charteris Graham’s sister, see diary entry for 4 April 1920.

[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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