More sun than yesterday but a little rain at night. Roads wonderfully dry. Slight W. to N.W. [wind]. Message to the Nest.1 Cycled there via Rink + on to Caddonfoot2 + then up to Bowhill Lodge3 + Broadmeadows.4 In morning two slight operations at Viewfield.5 Bella6 in bed with a bilious attack. Mousey7 + I dined in the kitchen. David8 came up at night with a brace of pheasants from Dees.9
1 Nest, Caddonfoot parish, grid reference NGR NT431,354.
2 Rink, NT482,323 and Caddonfoot, NT448,349, both Caddonfoot parish.
3 Bowhill Lodge presumably refers to Bowhill North Lodge where Dr Muir had been visiting James Hogg [see diary entries for 19 and 20 November 1922].
4 Broadmeadows, Yarrowford, Selkirk, area of NT412,302.
5 Viewfield nursing home, the Muir & Graham medical practice’s property.
6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), the Muir family housekeeper, daughter of James Paulin, groom, and Grace Paulin née Cranston, born Ladykirk, Berwickshire [Sources include: ‘A Souter’s Bairn, recollections of life in Selkirk’ by Jenny Corbett with Avril Jack, published Selkirk Common Good Fund, 1993].
7 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.
8 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.
9 Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923), anded proprietor, formerly a marine engineer, he was the son of James William Dees and Eliza Jane Irwin and lived at Faldonside, Galashiels.
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]