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

Got my trunk away to Buttermere (or rather Cockermouth) by the 9.34 at a cost of 6/d. Carlota Rodger1 returned from South Africa on Saturday. [She] called to be vaccinated. Had a call from Rodger Quin2 looking very well + as full of himself as ever. Gave him some lunch, whisky + 5/- [shillings]. Was busy getting all visits [?] up to date + completing the book into which D. [David Graham] is to mark them. We dined on pigeons from the M.C.3 + she called with 2 bottles of Muscate [sic] in which she wished us (Jack, Nancy + myself) a successful holiday. Got to bed at 10.45 + Dav. [Graham] was at Ettrick School + Craighope4 + had 2 punctures.

1 Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-), Dr Muir’s wife’s 1st Cousin Once Removed; at Bridgelands, Selkirk, 1901 Census and a wartime V.A.D. at Bowhill [SBA/657/20/48], the Southern Reporter later noted that she was a Red Cross VAD “with over 1000 hours’ voluntary service” in an article ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.’s.’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922. She went to South Africa in December 1919

2 Roger or Rodger Quin (1850-1925), Dumfries born, he was a railway clerk but dropped out for the life of a wandering poet, concertinist and flute player, spending time in Selkirkshire, Lanarkshire and in England; Sir George Brisbane Douglas of Springwood stated that his verses “are harmonies evolved out of the very depths of sadness.”

3 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’ for her regular and generous gifts of food and drink

4 Craighope is at Yarrow

[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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