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

Sharper temp. + a clear atmosphere: strong drying W. + N.W. wind. Cycled via Mavisbank + Curror Street to Faldonside. Phyllis1 much relieved (possibly by the lumbar puncture). As the day was so fine I went on to Melrose + across the Chain Bridge (which I have not crossed for many years) to Gattonside + back by Gala foot. Saw them laying the electric cable at Netherbarns on the low road, almost 40 navvies at work2. Was in house all afternoon. Helen + Nancy at Picture House with Mrs Mackintosh3.

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 Dr Muir travelled to Melrose, across the chain bridge, grid reference NGR NT545,346, to Gattonside and returned via Galafoot and the higher road (what is now the A7 between Kingsknowes and Selkirk) where he saw works on the lower road which runs between the railway and the River Tweed at Netherbarns, grid reference NGR NT502,343 see Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet nVIII, published 1924   here

3 Two of Dr Muir’s daughters Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), and Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, 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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