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

Magnificent cloudless morning but it soon clouded over + was dull all day with a heavy shower about midday. Cycled to Buccleuch Road, Cannon Street, Faldonside, Fairnilea Lodge (Ad. Jackson dying1) + Hospital. Then I got messages to Cutcarwood + Bengerburnhope and motored there + Haining Henhouse. The Sloe2 magnificent at Whitehope + the Whin3 also. Thick mist on the hill. Wrote Jean4 (who is coming out on Monday) about trains.

1 John Jackson (it is not evident why he is referred to as “Ad”), retired shepherd and husband of Isabella Oliver, aged 84, lived at Fairnilee East Lodge, Caddonfoot, the son of John Jackson, shepherd, and Janet Jackson née Muir, he died 24 May, of cardiac failure and arterio-sclerosis certified by D Charles [sic] Graham, M.B., Ch.B. of Mauldsheugh, Selkirk [1922, 774/A 7, Caddonfoot]

2 Prunus spinosa, the blackthorn or sloe, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae

3 The Gorse Ulex europaeus is known as Whin in Scotland

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, living in Edinburgh

[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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