8 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very mild + dull but no rain. S.W. [wind]. Glass [barometer] strangely high. Motored to Faldonside. Phyllis1 a little better: had good sound sleep + was brighter. Came back by Green Terrace + up to Oakwood. Mr Linton much better2. Met his son Jas. who lives at Cademuir + his wife a Glendinning from Over Cassock3. Got Draft for £3 for Patrick4 + posted it. Walked to Castle Street + Heathpark. Message at 4.15 to Mr Wood, Sunderland Hall Lodge, who had got his face bruised + cut by a tree. David was at Riddell Lodge5 + Kirklea6 + took Helen who went to Mauldsheugh7 for tea.

1 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; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

2 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Oakwood, Selkirk

3 James Robert Linton (1873-1952), occupier of a farm and other property at Cademuir, Manor, 1920, he had married Elizabeth Carruthers Glendinning (1888-1962) in 1918 at St Andrew Edinburgh; she was at Over Cassock, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, 1911 Census

4 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

5 Major Mark Sprot was proprietor of Riddell, Lilliesleaf but exactly which lodge David Graham visited is unclear

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 Dr David Charteris Graham and his wife Norah were tenants at Mauldsheugh, 23 Yarrow Terrace, 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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