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.
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]