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

A dull day terminating in very heavy rain. After doing a few town cases cycling left at 11.20 in Bryson’s Argyll1 + picking up Barbara2 at Wellwood went via Gattonside + Leaderfoot to Bemersyde, Smailholm, Mellerstain, Gordon, Greenlaw + Fogo, where, beside the [River] Blackadder we stopped for lunch. It began rain there + we put the hood up. We returned via Mt. Pleasant, Swinton + Kelso, getting home at 4.20. The girls enjoyed the run. Saw Johnny Nicolson3 at Viewfield before dinner + was called to Mrs Dobson4, Forest Road at 9. Length of motor run about 67 miles.

1 Argyll Ltd manufactured cars at different times at Bridgeton, Glasgow and Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, c.1900-1928

2 Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s granddaughter

3 John Nicholson (c.1858-1920), woollen mill foreman, retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk, son of James Nicholson, woollen mill worker, and Isabella Nicholson née Armstrong, and widower of Margaret Beattie

4 Helen Dobson née Hope (c.1859-1920), widow of woollen designer George Dobson and living at Kirkwood, Forest Road, Selkirk, 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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