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

After a clear brilliant moonlit night there was dense fog this morning + thick hoar frost which coated every twig + every stick of withered of grass. I cycled along the town + out to Whitmuirhall Toll + at Smedheugh emerged into brilliant sunshine. Gradually the mist vanished + the rest of the day was perfect. I came back via Middlestead + Oakwood: + home by General’s Bridge, Bridge Street + Riverside to Spion Kop, Hospital +c. After tea cycled to Fair Peelburnfoot via Rink + Fairnilee. Altogether 30.9 [miles]? After [illegible] had to see Mrs Lawson1, Knowepark, so i had a fairly busy day. Helen2 was at Elmpark3 all day.

1 Cecil Lawson née Mackinley (about 1827-1922), widow of John Lawson (about 1825-1898); she was Proprietor Occupier of a house and garden ‘Knowe Park’, 25 Scott’s Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll VR007900012-]

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

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

[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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