8 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Nice mild day + sunny till afternoon. Raining at night. David1 was shooting at Fairnilee. I cycled to Hospital, Dunsdale, Heather Mill, Harewoodglen (where I had a long crack with May Lang2), Broadmeadows Cottage (John Scott whose wife recognised me, she being a Hawkins3 once at Hermiston4), Fauldshope + over the hill to Dryden. = 22.45. I made it 4.8 from Huntly to Ashkirk.5

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

3 John Brown, known as Scott (about 1877-1923), ploughman, had married Maggie Elizabeth Hawkins (1878-1933) on 10 June 1904 at the Manse, Lilliesleaf.

2 Margaret Graham ‘May’ Lang (1861-1958), daughter of Hugh Morris Lang and Margaret Lang née Graham; born Largs, Ayrshire, died Selkirk; a cyclist [see diary entry 13 May 1916], Miss Lang was Tenant Occupier of the mansion house, stable and grounds at Harewoodglen, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/326, Selkirk County, page 326 of 611].

4 Hermiston, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT512,230.

5 The Editor assumes that Dr Muir is referring to Inner Huntly, grid reference NT415,248, the point at which, after leaving Fauldshope, he would have turned left and climbed steeply past Hartwoodmyres and along the Cross Borders Drove Road and Woll Rig before dropping to Ashkirk.

[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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