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

Another dense fog + the sun did not break through till 2 to be again obscured by mist about 7. I started after seeing Mrs Miller1, Forest Road + Joan Scott2, Mavisbank + cycled to Cessford3: leaving the main road at Ancrum House, I went up over Penielheugh by a road I hadn’t gone before: crossed to Crailing + on via Eckford. Took lunch at Cessford Castle + then went via Renniston + Oxnam to Camptown (also mostly new) + home va Chesters, Bonchester + Appletree Hall = 59 [miles] + with my morning work 60. It was fearfully hot + I was simply dripping with sweat. Hot bath + dinner put me right. Boyack4 arrived + she + Dora5 were down at Elmpark6.

1 Margaret Miller, widow, was Tenant of a house at Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644]

2 Perhaps Jean Scott, widow, Tenant Occupier at 8a Mavisbank, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/182, Selkirk Burgh, page 182 of 644]

3 Dr Muir has done a clockwise loop leaving in an easterly direction to Penielheugh etc before heading south through Rennieston, grid reference NGR NT717,202, crossing the A68 at Camptown, NT679,135, and returning homewards in a more or less northerly direction via Bonchester Bridge

4 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora Muir’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

[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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