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

Another very nice day: calm + sunny N.E. Border Burghs Bowling Tournament going on, on both greens1. After seeing 3 cases I cycled by Forest Road to Beechwood + Newarkburn2. I went round by Upper Bowhill Lodge + took a stroll up the Duchess Drive3 I was very lovely but sad to see [illegible4] + Hangingshaw5 standing empty. After lunch got message to see Mitchell’s boy at Wellwood6. His temp. was 104.

1 The Bowling Green at Scott’s Place was adjacent to Dr Muir’s house Thorncroft

2 Beechwood is just along from Thirladean East Lodge, grid reference NGR NT451,279, and Newarkburn is at NT421,286 and opposite Harewoodglen

3 The Duchess Drive, Bowhill, originally a Victorian carriage drive is well shown on 644; Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI, published 1863

4 The Editor would be grateful is anyone can suggest the identity of this location

5 Hangingshaw, north of the Selkirk to Yarrow Road, grid reference NGR NT398,302

6 Alexander Mitchell (fl.1920), chauffeur, “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, John Roberts junior, manufacturer, Proprietor [1920 Valuation Roll]

[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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