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

Weather the same only wind round to S.S.W. but very slight. Unclouded sky all day. One or two brown patches appearing on the Park. The potatoes at the bottom gardens were slightly frosted the night before last. There is a splendid show of strawberry blossoms. There was not a single message except to Miss Dunn1 who is quite imbecile + does not realise that Tom2 is dead. Cycled to Faldonside, Philiphaugh + Oakwood. Lovely in garden. Letter from Margaret Gillan (Gerty)3 offering visit on 15th, asked her to stay over to 17th (Common Riding4). Admissions of friendship only at Elmpark5.

1 Hyndmer Rutherford ‘Miss’ Dunn (about 1843-1922), daughter of John Dunn, chemist & druggist, and Hyndmer Rutherford Dunn née Hewat

2 Thomas ‘Tom’ Dunn (about 1844-1921), druggist, chemist and Registrar, of 9 High Street, Selkirk, had died 13 February 1921

3 Margaret Douglas ‘Gerty’ Gillan née Ord Mackenzie (1891-1973), daughter of Montague Allan Ord Mackenzie and Frances Gordon ‘Fanny’ Ord Mackenzie née Rennie; she had married, 28 August 1917, Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, James Angus Gillan (1885–1981), twice Olympic gold medal rower and colonial administrator

4 Selkirk Common Riding is held on the second Friday after the first Monday in June

5 Dr Muir and his good friend Mrs Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper, had had some kind of romantic moment at Elm Park on her birthday on the 4 June

[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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rumblingclint

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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