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

Dull morning + very heavy shower at 11 but cleared up to a sunny day with a strong drouthy1 N.W. wind which will spoil the fresh young foliage I fear. Felt a little tired + stiff after yesterday2. Saw 6 cases to Hospital. Paid telephone accounts + took it easy in the house. Read Bradley’s Northumberland3 which Madge Ogilvie4 sent [? lent] me. Got nice note from Mrs Dunlop5. Helen and Dora6 were at Viewfield for supper.

1 “Drouthy, adj. Also drouthie, droothy, drowthy, -ie; druthy (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. droughty. 1. Dry, gen. applied to the weather.” [Dictionar o the Scots Leid]; Dr Muir used a variant of this word in his diary of 5 April 1920

2 The day before Dr Muir had cycled a little over 90 miles, a circular trip via Peebles down the River Tweed to Moffat and home via Birkhill, see his diary entry for 25 May 2022

3 Assume Arthur Granville Bradley, 1908, ‘The Romance of Northumberland’, Methuen and Co., London

4 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965) of Kirklea, Ashkirk

5 Assume Edith Mary Dunlop née Sugden (1846-1926), widow of Charles Walter Dunlop of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk who had died on 6 May 1922

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters respectively

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

Published by


Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s