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

A most perfect day: calm, sunny + mild. Cycled to Faldonside, returning by Hospital, Mill Street, Ettrickhaugh Road, Yarrow Terrace + Kirkwynd. Phyllis D. [Dees1] i.s.q. [but very lethargic]. David went down at night. Hounds at Riddell2. Mrs Mack3 hired a car + took Helen + Ailie4 to the meet with Mitchell5 as a guide. They saw a good deal of the hunt. Timmy6 was in at the death + got the brush. Somers [?] “blooded” him7.

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 Riddell, Lilliesleaf

3 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, later Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne (1890-1955)

5 Assume Alexander Mitchell (fl.1920), chauffeur, “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, John Roberts junior, manufacturer, Proprietor [1920 Valuation Roll]

6 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson

7 The Editor speculates that this is Dr Muir’s misspelling of Summers; the Huntsman of the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt from 1902 to 1948 being George Summers The History of the Buccleuch Hunt

[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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