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

Bright morning but showery all day. I cycled to Darnick + got a very heavy plump1 at the Faldonside Farm Mill + again coming back from Oakwood but the rain will do a lot of good2. The greenery is lovely. Helen3 had 15 of her Brownies for tea.

1 A heavy downpour of rain, a deluge, “the heavy shower that often succeeds a clap of thunder” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1923–26 Wilson). Gen.Sc. Also in combs. plump-shower, thunder-plump, id. ‘Dictionar o the Scots Leid’

2 Dr Muir had referred to a drought previously in his diary for 1921

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

[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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