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

What a surprise! Everything covered with snow! I felt cold in the butts1 yesterday there was nothing to suggest the possibility of snow at all. It rained during the night + the snow only began at 6.30. It soon turned to rain which fell all day + most of the snow disappeared. I motored in the town + over to Synton Mill to see James Elliot2 . Drew £200 from Muir & Graham3 being still £180. 12. 10 still owing me from last year. Dav.4 + I divided £2101: 4 : 8. Chas Dunlop5 very kindly sent me a brace of Black …6 from yesterday’s bag.

1 Perhaps referring to the grouse butts above Mountbenger Toll, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT310,263 but the Editor cannot warrant that there were not other shooting butts in the area covered during the shoot of 21 October 1921

2 The Editor has previously assumed that this is James Elliot of Flex, Hawick, who was also tenant at Shielswood, Ashkirk; his wife was Isabella Douglas Elliot née Amos [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/302, Selkirk County, page 302 of 611]

3 The Muir & Graham medical co-partnery

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

5 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk but in the absence of further information it is not possible to rule out his son Charles Bertram Dunlop (1880-1956)

6 The description of the previous day’s shoot does not help with this transcription

[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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