19 June 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A pleasant cool day + no dust. S.W. breeze. Cycled to Forest Road, Currie [illegible] + Rockville1 + at 1.45 to Clifton Road, Bridgelands, Fairnilea Cottages + Galashiels via Hollybush2 where there was a meeting of the sub-committee in charge of arrangements for the meeting of the Branch3 on Wednesday. Somerville4 showed me round his place, which was once the Manse5. The roads were delightfully free from dust.

1 Rockville was the home of Robert Currie junior (about 1847-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

2 It is not obvious why a meeting of medics would have been at Hollybush, Galashiels (grid reference NGR NT482,337) on the ‘back road’ into Galashiels from the Rink / Boleside area arriving in the town down the hill of Elm Row, so the suspicion must be that Dr Muir means that the B.M.A. will be at Gala and that Dr Muir only went there via Hollybush (this appears to be confirmed by the diary entry for 20 June 1922)

3 The Edinburgh and South East Scotland Branch of the British Medical Association (B.M.A.)

4 Somerville James William (1866-1934), medical practitioner

5 The Editor has been unable to reconcile the sources to make sense of this because the old parish church manse ‘The Grange’ was on Church Street not Tea Street which is Dr Somerville’s address on the 1920 Valuation Roll; some local knowledge would be welcome

[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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