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

Distinctly milder: dull + drizzling [illegible word] forenoon: no sunshine S.W. [wind]. I seem to be getting less + less to do. Walked to Cannon Street, Buccleuch Road, Kilncroft, Castle Street, Backrow + High Street. Got my hair cut in afternoon + dug up about 150 dandelions on the tennis green. Helen1 busy spring cleaning the Drawingroom. Got letter from Cox2 (B.M.A.) about the fees for [illegible word] Dominion Emigrant [sic]3. Made out route + mileage from Holefield to Buttermere4 for the Ogilvies5. Mrs John Black6 sent me some gulls eggs.

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

2 The Editor has not been able to identify Cox’s role at the British Medical Association

3 Presumably this refers to the Indian [sic] who had consulted Dr Muir on 8 May 1922

4 Holefield farm, Sprouston, where W H Ogilvie was born, to Buttermere, Cumberland where, by coincidence, Dr Muir had holidayed in late June and early July 1920

5 Dr Muir had discussed this trip two days previously with Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), the wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

6 Jessie Black née Cochrane wife of John Black, gamekeeper and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at the Old Tollhouse, Whitmuirhall; he was recorded there from at least 1909 until the Second World War [e.g. 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

[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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