10 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fog in morning which lifted but did not disperse

Still mild but not nearly as close as the last two days. Went with Sam Steel1 + Tom Wilson2 (Ladhope) to Limeycleuch3 where they were Redding the ewes i.e. drafting for sale those over 6 years. It was a nice run. I had a look at the papers while the operation was going on: then we had lunch. (Sam + I) of Tom’s providing + then walked to the top of the Wisp [? Hill]4. Frustratingly the visibility was poor + the views much restricted. The car met us near Eweslees5 + we returned via Hermitage6. The road from Fiddleton Toll7 to Hermitage I think I have gone twice but it was as good as new to me. Got home at 6.

1 Major Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., of Philiphaugh, Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

2 Tom Wilson of Ladhope is not identified

3 Limiecleuch, Teviothead, grid reference NGR NT388,028

4 Wisp Hill, Teviothead / Ewes, grid reference NY386,993

5 Eweslees, Ewes, grid reference NY387,973

6 Hermitage, between Hawick and Newcastleton, grid reference NY506,957

7 Assume Fiddleton Toll Bar Cottage, Ewes, grid reference NY388,962, see also Ordnance Survey 6 inch Dumfriesshire Sheet XXVII.SE, published 1900 (though the building does not appear to have been identified as a toll house on the OS six inch mapping)

[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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