19 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A Duller day with glints of sun. Some drizzle in morning + again in evening. Cold SW. wind. Dust flying.Wetter towards dark. Saw Miss Kirkpatrick1 at Viewfield + Bessie Nichol2, Oakhurst + then motored to Tait’s Hill +c, Cannon Street, Peelburnhead, + Bridgelands. After tea cycled to Dunreay + Oakwood. At 7 message to Mrs Prince3, Manorhill + cycled there. Helen4 still busy at drawingroom.

1 Lilias (or Lillias) Mary Kirkpatrick (1866-1950), sister of Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), M.A. (Edin.), Church of Scotland minister at Yarrow 1912 onwards

2 Bessie Nichol is not identified but John S Nichol, mill manager, was tenant of a house and garden ‘Oakhurst’, Viewfield Park, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/170, Selkirk Burgh, page 170 of 644]

3 Mrs Prince is unidentified at Manorhill, Selkirk, perhaps a member of staff

4 Helen Muir and Bella Paulin had been cleaning the drawing room

[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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