3 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another absolutely perfect day. Wind round to S. Helen1 left at 10 + motored to Carlisle to meet Peter Allan2. She got back at 5.30 having done the journey without mishap or delay. I cycled in the town, out to Buxton3 + then to Howden4 + Oakwood, Yarrow Terrace + Tweed Mill. Saw Andrew Brown5, Dunreay 3x. Dora6 doing the cooking + housekeeping to perfection. Delightful in garden. Swallows at the eaves for the first time this year.

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

2 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

3 Buxton Cottage, Selkirk is on the road that leads past Pringle Park to the Selkirk Hills; at grid reference NGR NT483,287, it is shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW published 1900

4 Howden is a small cluster of properties south west of Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT452,271, proprietor Professor Andrew Seth Pringle Pattison, occupied by a number of people including Peter S Herkes, roadman, William Elder, gardener, William Horsburgh, shepherd, James Weir, ploughman and Michael Reddington, ploughman [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/326, Selkirk County, page 326 of 611]

5 Andrew Brown (c.1850-1921), hosiery manufacturer, resident Dunreay, Selkirk

6 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

[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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