14 January 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fine dry frosty day with continuous sunshine. David was shooting at [the] Haining. There were 5 new town messages, one to Davidson, East Deloraine1 + Mrs Jas. Brown (Margaret Davidson2) was in Labour. I motored there [and] back to the town: + saw her again before I went to Deloraine. The roads were splendid + the old Swift3 did her 20 miles an hour. I saw Mrs Brown on my return + she was not any forrader4. I missed a meeting of the Red Cross. Helen + Nancy5 were at a meeting about Girl Guides.

1 William Armstrong Davidson (1877-1946), Langholm-born farmer, tenant at Easter Deloraine, Kirkhope, in the 1911 Census and 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Margaret Brown née Davidson, wife of James Brown, reedmaker; their son Wesley McIntyre Brown (1921-1983), was born 14 January 1921

3 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; it is not clear which model Dr Muir owned of this small motor manufacturer’s many products but it had been the ‘workhorse’ car for the practice since Dr Muir had acquired it some time before August 1914 [Source: ‘Swift Models 1901-1931’, http://www.theswiftclub.co.uk%5D

4 The Dictionar o the Leid acknowledges forra(r)der as a version of forward(s): “FORRIT, adv., adj., v. Also forrat, †forat(e), for(r)et, forit; fort (Per. 1818 J. Sinclair Simple Lays 41); furrit, -et, furrait (m.Sc.); firrit, firret, farrit; forrart; for(r)ad (Sh., Cai.), forrard, forred; and (corresp. to Eng. forwards) †forrits (Sc. 1829 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 218; Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses 107)… I. adv. 1. Forward(s), ahead, on(ward). Gen.Sc. Compar. forriter, forra(r)der, further forward (Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood x.; Gall. 1928 Gallovid. Annual 88; Abd.27, Slg.3, Edb.1 1953).”

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s third daughter/sometime housekeeper and second daughter respectively

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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