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

Very cold dull morning + rain apparently recent. However it gradually brightened + was a nice sunny afternoon + at night it was calm + a perfectly clear sky with a half moon. Wind N.E. to N. Removed a papilloma from And. Barton’s cheek1. Cycled to W. [illegible], Ettrickhaugh Road + Curror Street. D. [Graham] saw John Nicolson2 [sic] in the morning + at night. The girls trained to Lindean + walked [to] tea with Jessie Boyd3. Missing a train they walked home. I was in the house alone from 2.30 till 7 when they returned + then I cycled to Yarrowford to see Sandy Ruickbie4. Went up in 26 minutes + came back in 28.

1 Assume Andrew Barton (c.1849-1927), farmer, tenant at Oakwoodmill, Selkirk with brother James Barton, 1920 and 1930 Valuation Rolls; married to Rebecca Grant, he was the son of William Barton and Agnes Turnbull; his tenancy later shared with William his son, presumably when James moved to Melrose

2 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, he had been suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic cystitis

3 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

4 Alexander ‘Sandy’ Ruickbie sometimes Ruckbie (about 1834-1926) and Jane Ruickbie née Watt (about 1842-1917) lived at Lewinshope, Yarrow at the time of the 1911 census and Alexander was noted as occupier at Yarrowford, 1915 and 1920 Valuation Rolls

[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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