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

New house at gingerbread cake1 roofed + visible from here

Much colder again: strongish N.W. to N. wind: one or two slight showers. Feeling pretty well but perhaps a trifle weakened. Took my food much better: Saw a small town list walking in forenoon. Banked some money. Our overdraft down to £50 odd. A lot of people I at night: there was a queue outside from 6 till 7.30 + I had to send away several as I had to round to Mrs Jeffrey, Chapel Place (Mrs Bell’s daughter2) who turns out to a former 2d coachman at Philiph.

1 Gingerbread Cake Field is the area north of Dovecot Park, Selkirk which was developed after 1897 see Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, revised 1897, published 1899

1 This appears to be Elizabeth Lauder Agnes Bell née Richardson (1872-), a widow (previously married, 1897, Prestonpans, to George Andrew Bell a retired schoolmaster 50 years older than herself) who had married Peter Jeffrey, then a retired farmer of Bowden, 14 May 1903 at Denholm [Cavers parish] but some of Dr Muir’s comments are rather unclear and though the 1921 Census may make sense of this in due course Dr Muir’s handwriting and numerous mistakes do not help at all; there must be a connection with Peter Jeffrey, millworker and Tenant Occupier of a house at 3 Chapel Place, Selkirk, 1921 Valuation Roll but it is not yet evident [VR007900012-/105, Selkirk Burgh, page 105 of 644]

[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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