2 April 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Quite cold again today but though there was first a threatening of drizzle in the morning (which prevented me from cycling up Ettrick) it kept fair though mostly dull. There was a message to see Jane Brunton1 at Ettrick P.O. + I motored up calling also for Miss Brydon2, Dundas Cottage. Miss Dunn’s servant ‘Phemia Haig3 was taken along to Viewfield. Helen4 was at Ovenscloss5 in connection with the Girl Guides.

Whin6 blooming.

1 Jane Lauder Brunton née Amos (about 1849-1938), postmistress at Ramsaycleuch, Ettrick [Valuation Roll, 1919]

2 Christina and Elizabeth Brydon were joint Tenant Occupiers of a house and garden ‘Dundas Cottage’, Thirlestane, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/312, Selkirk County, page 312 of 611]

3 Euphemia Haig (about 1876-1945), housekeeper, unmarried, born Legerwood, died at Hawick but at the time of her death was of Eastfield, Bowden; in 1911 she was recorded as the servant to siblings Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921) and Hyndmer Rutherford ‘Miss’ Dunn (about 1843-1922) at 4 High Street, Selkirk [1911 Census 778/ 2/ 1, page 1 of 22]

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

5 The connection between Ovenscloss and Girl Guiding has not been established

6 Whin: the common gorse or furze Ulex europaeus [Dictionar o the Scots Leid]

[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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