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

Fair day for the Common Riding, enormous crowds: 100 riders. Jack1 rode beside Provost Crichton2: Tim3 brought up the rear. I had nobody at breakfast. ‘Phoned for Dav.4 as Mrs Malkin5 was not so well + he came at 1. Cycled to Forest Road, Victoria Park, Oakwood (Linton6 a shade better) + Fairnilea. Had quiet afternoon. Dined at Elmpark7. David also there. All the wood on left hand of river at Colin’s Bridge8 cut down.

1 Selkirk Common Riding is held on the Friday following the 2nd Monday in June

2 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), mill owner, Provost of Selkirk and Dr Muir’s son-in-law

3 Provost Creighton is not yet identified

4 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson, later a mill owner

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

6 Jeannie Clark Malkin née Christie who had married Joseph Frank Malkin, motor mechanic and Lance Corporal 246317 Army Service Corps, in 1916 at Selkirk

7 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk

8 Colin’s Bridge, also known as Carterhaugh Bridge, crosses the Ettrick Water on the south side of the Bowhill Estate, grid reference NGR NT430,266

[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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