15 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Cold dull day + no sunshine. Paid Feu Duty + Fire Insurance. Saw some town cases walking + Cannon Street. Madge Ogilvie1 called + I gave her tea the others being at Wellwood. She We had a talk + studied the map [?]2 + read books in connection with a prospective ride she + Ogilvie3 are taking from Holefield4 to Buttermere. Mrs Mack5 took H.6, D.7, Barb.8, + Miss Walter9 [?] to the Picture Ho.

1 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), daughter of Thomas ‘T’ Scott Anderson of Ettrick Shaws and wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963)

2 There is no doubt that Dr Muir’s writing has deteriorated sharply

3 William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

4 Holefield farm, Sprouston, where W H Ogilvie was born

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, daughter of Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet and Agnes Watson née Simpson

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

7 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

8 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

9 This individual has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later 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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