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

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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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

3 thoughts on “11 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. 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.


    1. 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.


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