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

A dry day with a fair amount of sunshine but a strong cold N.W. wind. Dust flying. Saw 7 town cases walking + motored (taking Peter1) to Faldonside + Fairnilee. Af + in afternoon cycled to Midlem + Lilliesleaf. Took my tea with me + had it in the Boos Mill field just below Riddell W Lodge2. Stopped at Greenhill height in the shelter of the young plantation + smoked. View very fine. Had an agreeable surprise when I found that Andrew Fairbairn3, Longmoss had paid his bill part of which has been due since 1915. David4 came out in the evening. He has seen Pike5 + found hypodermic marks in his arms.

1 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

2 Boosmill aka Bowismiln, Lilliesleaf, on the north bank of the Ale Water, grid reference NGR NT507,234

3 Archibald Fairbairn, farmer, was at Lindean, Galashiels, in the area known as Longmoss

4 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

5 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, who had married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920

[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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