22 August 1908 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No rain. A strong cold N.W. wind dried things up, but the want of sun heat is telling in many ways. e.g. there are hardly any peas + though there are still a good many strawberries they have no taste. I soon finished the few town cases I had to see + sat at the accounts + finished them, that is the small number in my book1. Peter2 went off on his own + cycled to Colin’s Bridge + back by General’s Bridge3. Letter from Mary + a parcel with a dinner jacket.

1 At this time Dr Muir and Dr Graham were keeping their accounts separately and in 13 April 1922 diary entry Dr Muir had commented “David’s plan to keeping separate books is not working well at all.“

2 Peter Allan [sic], evidently a charge of Dora’s, is Peter Muir Spurgeon Allen (1914-2005), who was at Thorncroft, Selkirk, aged 7, in the 1921 Census [taken 19 June 1921], born 4 June 1914, Chorlton [Lancashire], the son of the Reverend Willoughby Charles Allen and Catherine Ellen Allen née Green; a head teacher (retired), he died 16 February 2005 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Hope Cottage, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian.

3 Colin’s Bridge, generally known as Carterhaugh Bridge, grid reference NGR NT42996,26664, and General’s Bridge, Selkirk, NT43282,28110 on the south and east sides of the Bowhill estate.

[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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