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

A really fair day : pretty constant sunshine + just the right temperature. N.W. [wind] I had almost nothing to do but Dav.1 asked me to see Mrs Steven [sic], Bluecairn2 + I cycled there leaving at 12.47 + getting back at 2.10. Paid several accounts. A girl Yule 3 staying with the Robertson4 at Lindean Herd House called with an abscess on her cheek which I opened. Guy5 walked to Greenhead Hill above the targets6 . I did my packing for the Glasgow trip. Letters from Jean + Dora7.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 Mary Amos Stephen née Halliday (1892-1978), wife of John Ritchie Stephen, lorryman and Inhabitant Occupier not rated at a house at Bluecairn, Selkirk; they had married 22 June 1921 at Peebles, at which time he was of Fauldshope and she of Lyne, and she had a baby, John Halliday Stephen, on 27 May 1922 [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/324, Selkirk County, page 324 of 611; marriage, Stephen and Halliday, 1921 768/ 23 Peebles]

3 Miss Yule is unidentified

4 The best match (not a particularly good one admittedly) would be Peter Robertson, farmer, Tenant Occupier of land at Lindean [1925 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/525, Selkirk County, page 525 of 611]

5 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

6 The Editor cannot identify Greenhead Hill but the targets are at approximate grid reference NGR NT485,286, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.NW, published 1900

7 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s eldest and youngest daughters; Dr Muir had written to them on 12 July 1922

[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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