3 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Breakfasted at Philiphaugh with Sam. Steel1 + his cousin Alison2 at 7.30 + then motored in Sam’s shooting motor to Birkhill. Called at Deuchar Mill for Lizzie Hogg3. With us were Capt. Thomson a friend of Sam’s + his former groomsman. It kept fair till we got to Loch Skeen4 + then there were some heavy showers. We did nothing. Thomson + I went up the east side + met the others at the top for lunch. I had 2 small ones + the rest none. Tried the top but I did nothing, Sam got one. It was pretty cold. There was mist most of the day on Bodesbeck + Andrewhinney5 but none on our side. Got back to Philiphaugh before 6. Miss Boyack6, a friend of Dora’s arrived.

1 Samuel Strang ‘Sam’ Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

2 It is likely that this refers to the surname Alison but the individual is otherwise unidentified

3 Loch Skene, ENE of Birkhill on the Selkirkshire – Dumfriesshire boundary, grid reference NGR NT171,164; it debouches into the Tail Burn above the Gray Mare’s Tail

4 Elizabeth R ‘Lizzie’ Hogg (1888-1984), daughter of Henry Hogg (c.1846-1930), miller at Deuchar Mill, Yarrow, and Christina Hogg née Macdonald

5 Bodesbeck Law grid reference NGR NT170,103 and Andrewhinney Hill NT197,138 both on the south side of the Selkirk – Yarrowford – Cappercleuch – Moffat road

6 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

[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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