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

A delightful day: calm, mild with a good deal of sunshine + a very slight N. wind. I saw 10 town cases cycling + then went to Haining Henhouse (via, by mistake, Ladylands Toll, Southport + Castle Street), Kirklea (where I gave Ogilvies1 the route I had made out from Holefield to Buttermere2. Madge asked me to see their servant (having ‘Phoned for Graham3) then I went on via Hartwoodmyres to Fauldshope4 + got home at 3.45. Had the salmon for breakfast and dinner: one of the best I ever bought. H. + D.5, Barb.6, Wally7 + Mrs Mack8 at Picture Ho.

1 On 15th and 17th May Dr Muir had discussed with Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson a riding trip from Holefield to Buttermere which she was planning with her husband William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

2 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

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner; Dr Muir has never, in the Editor’s recollection of eight years of transcription, called him by his surname and the feeling is that he is spitting with frustration that his personal friends have asked for his much younger colleague

4 Fauldshope, Kirkhope

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and a nurse

6 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

7 If this is a correct reading Wally is unidentified

8 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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