Splendid Strawberry crop; also black currants
Strong S.W. gale with rain from 10 till 12 + showers after 4. It was fair when I cycled down to Bridgelands (Jas. Hardie1) before breakfast + to Forest Road + Heathpark after. I half expected Pussy Stuart2 to come for a run up Ettrick but he made no sign. Started at 10.30 + went to Shielshaugh, Kilsyke, Ramsaycleuch, Crook Cottage, Deuchar Mill + Philiphaugh Saw Mill [and] …haugh Cottages3 getting home at 3.20. Missed meeting of Red Cross. Saw a few cases after tea. Made out I.S. accounts1.
1 James Hardie (c.1841-1922), ploughman (retired), was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels in 1920 Valuation Roll
2 ‘Pussy’ Stewart (sometimes Stuart) may conceivably have been the first of Dr Muir’s locums; in July 1917 Dr Muir noted at his 50th Anniversary at Selkirk having sent off Southern Reporters “of the 12 July to my late assistants Stewart, Carter, Caunter, Boucher & Gentles …” – Stewart is the only one as yet unidentified
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]