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

A most delightful spring day with constant bright sunshine + a little N.W. wind. Motored to Ettrick Mill, Oakwood, Henhouse, Whitmuirhall Toll1 + Rockville2. Oakwood3 rather easier. And.4 there. + very critical of Meg’s5 cooking for her father6. Gave Mrs Rob. Mitchell7 chlor. at Viewfield for curetting. Spent afternoon preparing preliminary remarks for lecture to V.A.D.8 tonight. There was a good turn out, fully 20 including 2 from Galashiels.

1 John Black (fl.1921), gamekeeper, was inhabitant occupier not rated at Whitmuirhall Old Tollhouse, Selkirk [1921 Valuation, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

2 Rockville, home of Robert Currie (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer

3 Dr Muir is referring metonymically to Simon Linton (see below) by his home

4 Andrew Linton (1876-1951), agriculturalist, son of Simon Linton, farmer, and Lilias or Lillias Linton née Fleming

5 Assume Margaret Thomson ‘Meg’ Grieve née Linton (1874-1955), daughter of Simon Linton, farmer, and Lilias or Lillias Linton née Fleming

6 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk

7 Not identified but see diary entry for 15 February 1921

8 Voluntary Aid Detachment

[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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