8 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Cold dull morning + raining in forenoon. Thunder + very heavy rain in afternoon + not as cold. Saw town cases in forenoon walking. Got money from Bank for wages, books &c + in afternoon worked away getting day book up to date. Jack [Roberts] looked in at night. He has kindly let me have for Sat. a car he had hired from Bryson for the Gala horse show. Had a long run to Whitehope, Dryhope, Shankend1 + Crook Cottage2. Ralph + Alice Smith3 were capped yesterday.

1 Shankend (not to be confused with the location and viaduct in Cavers Parish) is between Hopehouse and Thirlestane House, Ettrick Parish, approximate grid reference NGR NT292,162 and visible (but not named) on the Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII.NW, published 1900, on the SE side of the road and just SW of Dundas Cottage; in 1920 the tenant was Alexander Ashcroft & Sons, contractors [Valuation Roll]

2 Crook Cottage, Overkirkhope, Ettrick Parish, grid reference NT217,123, visible bottom LH corner of Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVII.SE, published 1900

3 Alice Barbara Stewart Smith (1892-) and Ralph Colley Smith (1891-1957), children of Patrick Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute and Alice Paterson (1863-1943), daughter of D A Paterson, of Dalnaglar, Perthshire

[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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