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

A most charming summer-like day : almost continuous sunshine + a slight N.W. wind. I was going to Church when D.1 asked me to give Chlor[oform] for a circum. at the Home2 + I also got a ‘Phone to see old Jas. Hogg3 at Bowhill N. Lodge. Cycled there + leaving my bike at the watering trough I climbed Foulshiels Hill4 + had a lovely view except to N. + N.E. + E. It is only the 2 or 3 time I have been at the top. Jack + Nancy5 motored to Tushielaw6 to call on N. Grieve7 + Helen8 went with them to Gilmanscleuch.9 Jack + Nancy came to supper. I went to evening service.

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

2 The Home is Viewfield, the Muir & Graham medical practice’s property.

3 James Hogg (about 1836-1925), retired farm labourer, at his death he was at Bowhill North Lodge, grid reference NGR NT413,299.

4 Foulshiels Hill, Selkirk is almost due north of Bowhill House at grid reference NGR NT427,302.

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

6 Tushielaw, Ettrick, grid reference NT306,183.

7 Norman William Grieve (about 1852-1936) appears to have moved to (or taken an interest in property in) the Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire areas around 1911; it is likely that he is the Norman William Grieve (about 1852-1936), born Hawick, who worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea companies according to A Hawick Word Book), he left £308,574.

8 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

9 Gilmanscleuch, Kirkhope, NT337,213.

[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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