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

Complete [?] fresh. Rivers big with melted snow: very mild. T.47o. Newark Hill, which yesterday was all white was black today. I motored to Newark Mill + Corbie Cottage getting back a little after 12 to find a message [to] Mrs Geo. Lawrie1 + one to see the butler’s wife at Faldonside. Sent Baptie2 up with a note to Jessie Boyd3 inviting her to dinner on Wednesday. In the garden I pulled a yellow + a purple Primula: a hellebore + white hepaticas. I could just see the white on one or two snowdrops. Helen + I went to evening service.

1 There are separate references in the 1921 Valuation Roll to George Lawrie, ironmonger, Occupier of a house and garden at 38 Market Place, Selkirk and to George Lawrie, labourer, Tenant Occupier of a house at 65 Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk; however the diary entry for 16 December 1919 refers to the Lawrie family at 19 Market Place in 1919 (No. 19 corresponds to both Nos. 38 and 39: the numbers having changed around 1921 where they have been amended in ink) so the visit may well be to this George Lawrie’s wife Mary Orr Finlayson

2 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

3 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

[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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