Fine dishes of strawberries
Cycled to Scaurneuk before breakfast. Much cooler + continued so all day. N.W. [wind] Was called to see Miss Harvey1 (daughter of Harvey, Minto). They are living in Miss Lamb’s house2. She is very pretty + looked 19 or 20 + turned out to be 30! Saw a town list of 11 + in the afternoon made out some accounts. Sent Agnes, Maggie3 + Crissie4 in the car to walk to the Gala Rigg5. We all + Jack6 dined at Elmpark7 where we had the usual generous hospitality. Wind pretty strong at night.
1 Alexander Harvey, schoolmaster at Minto, Roxburghshire and his wife Isabella Tait Melrose had married 24 December 1885 at Selkirk and had three daughters of whom Ella Tait Melrose Harvey (1890-) and Margaret Minto Harvey (1892-) are the most likely matches
2 Miss Lamb’s house cannot be readily identified because there was a number of different Lamb households in the Valuation Roll
3 Agnes McIver Logan (about 1848-1928) and Margaret Jane Muir ‘Maggie’ Logan (about 1854-1926), daughters of Alexander Stuart Logan, advocate & Sheriff of Forfarshire and Agnes Logan née Greig, thus Dr Muir’s cousins; both died Logie, Stirlingshire
4 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton
5 Gala Rigg, east of Selkirk, grid reference NT495,273
6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law
7 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), whose generosity was such that her home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’
[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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It’s a long shot, but I used to live at 2 Chapel Place, Selkirk (now 14 The Valley and formerly Backsides). This house was previously owned by the Lamb family. Mr Lamb was a market gardener, though I am not sure when exactly.
Thank you for your interest as always. My problem was too many possible locations in Selkirk with Lamb as owner, occupier or tenant
The Valuations show Agnes Lamb at 2 Chapel Street around this date but I suppose they could perhaps have been living there too? They don’t appear separately in any of the published Valuations.