19 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There was very heavy hoar frost this morning which disappeared whenever [?] the sun rose. It was an absolutely perfect day. There was never a cloud let in the sky till night + hardly a breath of wind. It was a glorious day to be out + after seeing the few town cases – 11 – on my list I started with Nancy1 about 11.40 + cycled to Gordon where she went for some chickens. We returned via Fanns2 + had tea with Charlie Herdman3 at Friarshall which is a charming sun-..tted place. He has a wall with nectarines + peaches4 covered with blossoms. We got back a little after 7. It was a very enjoyable run of about 35½ miles. I did 37.4.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior

2 Fans, ENE of Earlston at grid reference NGR NT620,403; Dr Muir has confused the spelling with Fanns, Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, an isolated farmstead at the top of the Blindhaugh Burn, NT422,215 and also recorded as Canmore ID 275041

3 Charles William ‘Charlie’ Herdman (1880-1956), Proprietor Occupier, Friarshaugh and Friarshall, Melrose [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/590, Roxburgh County, page 590 of 993]; born 1880, Newington, married, 1925, Lucy Cameron Grace Campbell (1896–1981), died Gloucestershire

4 The Editor cannot resist quoting from Andrew Marvell’s The Garden “What wond’rous life in this I lead! | Ripe apples drop about my head; | The luscious clusters of the vine | Upon my mouth do crush their wine; | The nectarine and curious peach | Into my hands themselves do reach; | Stumbling on melons as I pass, | Ensnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass.”

[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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