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

On the whole a good day. There was a strong coldish N.W. wind + a heavy shower between 1 + 2 of which I got the tail near Prieston. I cycled in the town + then down to Prieston farm house to see Isa. Turnbull1 servant with Pringle2 the new proprietor + farmer3. Dora4 + the boys5 motored to visit the Littles6 at Gala + returned by train.

1 Isa Turnbull has not been identified (it is a frequently occurring name combination) though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Joshua Pringle (1878-1234), shepherd, born 15 March 1878 at Parkfoot, Channelkirk, he married Roberta Herkes in August 1910 at Morningside, Edinburgh, at which time he was of Crosslee, Stow, the son of James Pringle, farmer and Agnes Pringle née Pringle, he died 15 July 1969 at Knowepark Hospital, usual residence Overdale, Craig Brown Avenue, Selkirk

3 Joshua Pringle was not a new proprietor of Prieston, Bowden, Roxburghshire but instead had taken over the farming tenancy (from Thomas William Rutherford and James Rutherford) though the proprietor had indeed changed (from Robert Smith to Agnes Pringle, Alison Sudden Pringle and Helen Lothian Pringle all of Crosslee, Stow) which is evidently not a coincidence [Valuation Rolls: 1921, VR011600033-/540, Roxburgh County, page 540 of 993 and 1922, VR011600033-/872, Roxburgh County, page 872 of 993]

4 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

5 The boys are almost certainly Cyril Ross Baxter (1915-1997) and Erik Sandeman Baxter (1919–1999), sons of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns 1915, 164/CL 161 and 1919, 164/CL 407]; they were the brothers of Enid Gordon Baxter, later Thorn (1917-2013) who appears in Dr Muir’s diary on a number of occasions in May 1922

6 There are several households recorded for Little in the 1921 Valuation Roll for Galashiels

[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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