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

Dry cold grey day with stiff S.W. wind. Cycled round town + out to Synton Mill. Jas. Elliot1 rather better. They are at last patching the Greenhill to Clarklands road2. Crowds of people at night till near 7.30. Went to “[illegible] Supper”3 in the Railway Hotel4. Thought the hour was 8 + got there to find the supper over but Mrs Wilson5 kindly gave me a bite in her parlour. The supper was the usual affair. It was raining heavily as I went home at 10.

1 See also diary entry for 15 September 1921; this is presumably James Elliot of Flex, Hawick, who was also tenant at Shielswood, Ashkirk, in which case his wife was Isabella Douglas Elliot née Amos [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/302, Selkirk County, page 302 of 611]

2 The state of this stretch of road had been a vexation to Dr Muir for some time, to the extent that he had reported avoiding it on a least one occasion previously

3 This presumably refers to a ritual for Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve)

4 By Railway Hotel Dr Muir presumably means the Station Hotel, Station Road, Selkirk, Canmore ID 100365 and grid reference NGR NT46663,28769 (still standing)

5 William Wilson, hotel keeper, was proprietor of the Station Hotel and Stable, Station Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll,VR007900012-/198, Selkirk Burgh, page 198 of 644]

[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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