3 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A nicer day than we have had for a long time. The morning was brilliant + there was a very heavy dew. Pat Smith1 told me the therm. had been down to 37°. It got clouded over in the afternoon but it was not so cold. I walked to Wellwood + Viewfield + up to Tait’s Hill + then cycled to Mavisbank, Hospital + Upper Faldonside Lodge. Then I went to Cauldshiels Loch + climbed through the wood on the N. side where behind a wall with the lovely view to the N.E.2 I smoked + read the Scotsman. Came back by drove road3 4 miles. After tea motored for David4 to Ettrick Manse to see Horn’s Housekeeper5. Helen went with Nancy6 to a sale of work at Yarrow Hall.

1 Assume Patrick ‘Pat’ Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute, sometime of The Firs, Selkirk.

2 There is a wall adjacent to the triangulation point on Cauldshiels Hill, at approximate grid reference NGR NT512,325, from which the view would be to the north east, see Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet VIII.SE, published 1900.

3 The likeliest route is along the track (not identified as a drove road) that passes the west end of Cauldshiels Loch, heads south across the edge of Faldonside Moor and past Whitlaw Kips to reach the public road near Half Crown Corner, Selkirk, see Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet VII, published 1863.

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

5 This refers to the (unidentified) housekeeper to the Reverend Alexander Horn (1858-1935) of Ettrick Manse.

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

[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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