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

Heavy dew. Dull forenoon. Some rain in afternoon + evening. Cycled to Yarrowford (Mrs Reid1), Cannon Street + Faldonside. Miss Dees2 improving but still some fever. Saw some town cases after tea. D. [Graham] at Borthwickbrae3 + then to Yarrowford + Old Lewinshopehope4 [sic]. Tom Alexander5 came back from Kirklea6. Looked in at Wellwood on my way back from Faldonside + saw Jack7 + the boys who returned from Troon yesterday.

1 Walter Reid was the “tenant occupier” of a house and garden at Cannon Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) was <i>in status quo</i> 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

3 Robert Scott Noble was the “proprietor occupier” of the mansion house etc at Borthwickbrae, Roberton, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 James Tait was the “inhabitant occupier” of Lewenshope Hope [sometimes Lewinshope], Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT368,318 circa 1920 [1919 and 1921 Valuation Rolls, 1920 not available]

5 Not identified

6 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets, and Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965)

7 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk; his boys were John ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Stewart Muir Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

[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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