5 February 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Slight frost but fresh during the day + roads got quite soft + muddy. Ran round in motor to town list of 6 + out to Henhouse1. There we were delayed fully 15 m[inutes] by a hitch in the gearing + Baptie2 actually started back on the reverse gear when it came right. I walked via Deepslade3 to Whitmuir + had just located the hounds in West Riddell when Baptie came out for me with a message to Rodono4. This was to see a girl Taylor5 who has been on my Panel all along. Helen6 + I dined at Elmpark7 + H. stayed there all night as Mrs Mack’s servants are all gone8.

1 Dr Muir had been out to see John Laidlaw the Inhabitant Occupier at Haining Henhouse, Selkirk the day before

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

3 Deepslaids, Selkirk Common (Common Good), approximate grid reference NGR NT486,268, was tenanted by John Cairns, farmer, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 Rodono, St Mary’s Loch, Yarrow

5 The Editor cannot find any Taylors in the Rodono area in the 1920 or 1921 Valuation Rolls but Miss Jessie Taylor, teacher, was Tenant Occupier at the Schoolhouse, Mountbenger, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

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

8 Dr Muir’s diary for 18 January 1920 reported that all of Mrs Mackintosh’s servants were leaving and that she was considering moving to the County Hotel

[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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