11 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Left Haslemere at 9.32. Drove down in Mary’s Victoria 1. Maggie McLure 2 came with me. She is a very dear sweet soul + so full of humour. Mary 3 pressed me very hard to come back soon. I had a capital journey home. At Haslemere Station I thought I had lost my ticket to Waterloo + brought another + then found the former in my trouser pocket. But I got back my money. I was 17m [minutes] crossing to St Pancras as we had waits at The Strand + Holborn. I was in plenty time to get a corner seat + wired Baptie 4 to meet me at Gala. There were 2 other men in the compartment. + at Sheffield 2 others got in but they left at Leeds. Barbara5 was at Gala. + came across with me. It was lovely all the way down.

1 A Victoria is a smart (but very old-fashioned by 1922) open carriage, drawn very often by one, but no more than two, horses and with a coachman’s seat above the front axle

2 Maggie McClure is so far unidentified but Dr Muir’s aunt Marion Stewart Logan (1822-1916) had married a McClure and – though she was rather young to be travelling independently – her granddaughter was Evelyn Margaret McClure (1906–1983)

3 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-?1933), James Wallace’s widow and Dr Muir’s sister

4 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

5 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

[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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