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

A very pleasant day with a good deal of sunshine + a slight but sharpish N.W. air. It had rained during the night + the roads were heavy so I motored to Faldonside1 after seeing half a dozen town cases walking + returned via Kilncroft + Heatherlie. Then I walked to Castle Street + Southport [sic] coming over by reservoir2. Went to evening service + saw Mrs Scott’s child3 (Hawthorn Cottage) after. Read for a while in the bower. Jack came up for maps of Cumberland + Lancashire for his father4.

1 Presumably to see Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 There are two reservoirs for Selkirk Town Council waterworks, above Marion Crescent and behind Rosebank Quarry; either way Dr Muir appears to have taken a diversion

3 Assume Jessie Kemp Scott née Colledge and her son Francis Napier Scott (1914-1976), living at Hawthorn Cottage, Dovecot Park, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Sir John Tonkin Roberts (1845-1934), C.M.G., businessman, politician and Mayor of Dunedin was evidently over in the U.K.; born in Selkirk he settled in New Zealand in the late 1860s, married and had a son John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (later Dr Muir’s son-in-law) who travelled the other way and was a businessman and three-times Provost of Selkirk

[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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