2 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Damp + misty rather colder a slight fall of snow on hills. Motored to a few town cases + then to Beechwood, Deuchar Mill + Dryhope hope1. Was at latter for first time. It must be nearly 2 miles up the burn. There is a fairly good road to it + not nearly so wet as I expected. Gray2 showed me the way + Mrs G3 gave me a delightful tea on my return. Got back at 3.20 + then did a town list walking.

1 Dryhope-hope, sometimes Dryhopehope, is visible on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet IX while the start of the walk appears on Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XIII, both published 1863; the track Dr Muir and Mr Gray followed may be seen on the intersection of the two sheets at 3o 10’ after running directly through Dryhope Farm

2 William Gray was tenant of Dryhope, Yarrow (which included Dryhope-hope) and occupied Dryhope Farm but Thomas Graham, shepherd, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Dryhope-hope itself [
1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/390, Selkirk County, page 390 of 611]

3 Mrs Gray has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published this year

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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