13 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull morning followed by a delightful day. Sunny + with a light N.W. wind. Cycled via Knowepark &c + Forest Mill to Faldonside. Miss D. i.s.q. sleeping better + less drowsy1. The Lemons2 left this morning. Went on to Gattonside Bridge + up the road to East Housebyres thinking it would take me above Gattonside but I found it went down to the village3. Turned up another lane + got some lovely Barberries4. Came home by Boleside. Helen [Muir] called at Broomhill5. Charlie Boucher6 ‘Phoned from Edinburgh + I asked him out on Wednesday.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) was in status quo having had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 The engagement of Hugh Raymond Lemon (1899-1956), R.E. and Phyllis Dees, was announced in The Scotsman, 10 September 1920; he eventually married, Sep Quarter 1925, Anne Sybil Hudson at St. George Hanover Square Registration District [1a 1094]

3 Easter Housebyres, grid reference NGR NT537,371; it is not obvious what happened to Dr Muir here

4 Berberis vulgaris, common barberry or European barberry, its fruit is edible but very tart

5 It is not obvious whom Helen was visiting

6 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Boucher (1877-1947), locum to Dr Muir in 1902, born Belfast, was a medical student in Snaith and Cowick, Yorkshire, West Riding in 1901 and returned to Ireland before 1915, to general practice at Donaghcloney, Co. Down, marriage and eventually death; Boucher’s aunt with whom he was living in 1901 was Jane Shearburn née Auld, daughter of Charles Auld of Greenock and Isabella Auld née Logan, sister of Jane Logan, Dr Muir’s mother, making Dr Muir and Jane Shearburn first cousins, their shared grandparents being The Reverend James Logan and Catherine Stewart

[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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