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 (the building, though it does not appear to have been identified as a toll house on the OS six inch mapping, is still clearly identifiable on the east side of the A7 as one travels south alongside the Eweslees Burn between Eweslees and Bush and is unmistakably a toll house in origin)

[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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