Saw a dandelion + some celandine on the roadside beyond Caddonfoot on Friday. No green on the hedges yet + grass going back.
Sharp hoar frost. Brilliant sunshine almost continuous. Very calm N. to N.W. Message to Joyce Dees1, Faldonside. Cycled to Forest Road, Gib. + Lum. [Gibson & Lumgair, St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk], Faldonside [and] Peelburnfoot. In afternoon arranged town accounts for delivery. Forgot message to Hardie2, Bridglands + Jo. Mitchell3 (Brit. Lin. Bank Mitchell) Bridge Street + cycled there in evening. Walked down to see Rob. Scott4, Mavisbank after dinner + found he had died at 3! Helen5 was taking part in a “Brownie Concert” in Church Hall in aid of Save the Children Fund6.
1 Edith ‘Joyce’ Dees, later Beath (1908-1995), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson of Faldonside
2 Perhaps James Hardie (about 1841-1922) of Bridgelands Lodge by Selkirk who was suffering from heart disease and senile debility (other members of the Hardie family stayed at Bridgelands so the identification cannot be definitive)
3 John Mitchell has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year
4 Robert Scott (1895-1922), woollen mill clerk and husband of Matilda Douglas Marshall died 6 April 1922 at 4a Mavisbank, Selkirk, aged 26, of “Pulmonary Tuberculosis 2 years” certified by John S Muir M.B.; he was the son of Andrew Scott, woollen mill foreman, and Janet Scott née Affleck
5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper
6 The ‘Save the Children Fund’ started by Eglantyne Jebb, London, 1919
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]