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

Wind N.W. sharp: slight shower at 11 fair after. Lot of moor burning. Cycled to Kirkwynd, Ettrick Road, Buccleuch Road and Sloethornbank. Walked out to Gala Rigg with Helen + Nancy1 to see the hounds which met at Whitmuirhall. They came across to South Common but did not find until Haining. They went over Greenhill came round by West Riddell + back to Haining + we last saw them going as if for Outer Huntly2. Got back at 4 + had high tea. H. + N. were at Mrs Harkness’3. Paid £50 on allotment of 200 10% Pref. Shares of … Commencement made of taking down the wall for War Memorial4.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second and third daughters

2 Outer Huntly is above the Hutlerburn Burn, Wollrig area, Ashkirk

3 The Editor assumes this is Isabella Harkness (1859-1929); the friendship if that is what it is, may stem from support given to Mrs Harkness when her daughter died in awful circumstances in 1915 – there are references to Helen (or Helen and Nancy or Barbara) visiting Bell Harkness on dates in 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1920

4 Selkirk War Memorial, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, unveiled in 1922, designed by architect Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer, KBE (1864-1929), Scottish architect and designer, was designed, sited and built (through a process in which Dr Muir appears to have been somewhat involved) with a donation of £1,000 by George Roberts and Co., woollen manufacturers

[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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