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 “Greetin’ 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 is the supper given by the Lord Provost to the Council (it is a coincidence that it fell at Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) in 1921).

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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