8 August 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Cycled to Craighill1. It is almost exactly 19 miles + I took 2 hours 19 mins to go against a stiff N.W. wind + 1 h. 30 mins. to return. Got a heavy shower between Singlie + the Inch2. + another when leaving Craighill but I sheltered under a tree. David3 was at a confinement at [illegible] (Graham the road surveyor’s wife4). Got home at 2.30, changed + had tea. Felt a little stiff. It is 3 weeks tomorrow since I cycled any distance.

1 Presumably to attend Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson (about 1888-), second wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, married 1919 at Ettrick; John L Anderson, shepherd, was at Craighill, Ettrick, in the 1920 Valuation Roll, presumably with his wife and their first baby had been born there earlier in 1921

2 Singlie and The Inch, both Kirkhope, grid references NGR NT369,215 and NT346,219 respectively

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

4 Sybil Graham, born 8 August 1921 at Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope, the daughter of William Graham, road surveyor, and Margaret Graham née Drummond, married 28 December 1909 at Edinburgh

[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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