25 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Although the glass was very low there was only a little rain in the early morning. S.W. [wind] + sunny, rather pleasant. Cycled to Curror Street, Hospital, Tweed Mill, Mill Street, Linglie Cottages + Ettrickhaugh Road where Mrs Smith button-holed me about Jim1. Motored in the Morris Cowley2 to Lilliesleaf + Cotfield3. It is a very sweet going car + we came back from Cotfield via Midlem without hurrying in half an hour. Helen4 busy clearing out the lumber room. Baptie5 has taken down the ventilator from the stable roof which gives more room.

1 The best match is Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943), Mrs Patrick Smith, but it is not clear in that case who Jim might be, her surviving (and adult) children being Ralph Colley Smith (1891-1957), Alice Barbara Stewart Smith (1892-1970), Edith Margaret Smith (1896-), Constance ‘Connie’ Harper Smith (1900-) and David Anderson Smith (1904-1976); it may be possible to clarify this when the 1921 Census is published later this year [source: 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/381, Selkirk County, page 381 of 611]

2 The co-partnership acquired its Morris Cowley on 24 February 1922 when Dr Muir described it as “a neat car but not a patch on the Hillman.” but he appears to be changing his mind

3 Cotfield, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT531,226, Andrew Stewart, proprietor and James Boyd, farmer, tenant of Cotfield farm and houses, with William Welsh, ploughman, inhabitant occupier not rated at one of the Cotfield houses [1922 Valuation Rolls VR011600033-/884, Roxburgh County, page 884 of 993]”

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

[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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