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

Beautiful sunny morning + up till 1 after which it got very misty + dull. There was hoar frost last night. Wind round to E. Message to see Nelly Stewart, Lewenshope.1 Cycled there + Bowhill Lodge2 coming back by Dunsdale, Hospital + Curror Street. Got hair cut in morning. Congregational meeting at night about lavatories + kitchen. As the latter was to be paid out of the fund for redecorating the church. I moved that it should be dropped + that was carried. Went down to Elmpark after + saw Erskine3 + Mrs Mack.4 Helen + Nancy5 cycled to Lilliesleaf.

1 There were two Stewart households at Lewinshope, Yarrow, in the 1911 Census (Andrew, 57, and Robert, 40) and both wives were called Margaret; Robert appears in the 1922 Valuation Roll holding the weaving shed formerly Andrew’s so Mrs Stewart referred to here must be Margaret Brydon Stewart née Mitchell, married 15 June 1905 at Yarrow who was living at Lewinshope, Yarrow, 1921 Census, with Archibald Robert Stewart (1906-) and Helen Nichol Stewart (1909-), both born at Lewinshope Farm House.

2 Dr Muir had visited James Hogg at Bowhill North Lodge the day before [see diary entry for 19 November 1922].

3 Erskine Harper (1887-1953), Mrs Mackintosh’s son, see footnote 4.

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

5 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second and third daughters respectively.

[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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