24 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Motored to Henderland. A lovely day with continuous sunshine. Snow on Megget [sic] hills. No rain. Called for James Hogg, Bowhill Lodge1 on way back. Wrote to Clark Coupers2 + some others. Went to evening service with Mrs Mack3 + went to her pew. The Choir gave selections from [The] Messiah. Didn’t hear the piano parts at all well. Gave Mrs Mack her silk petticoat!4

1 Dr Muir had been visiting James Hogg at Bowhill North Lodge from time to time since November 1922 [see diary entries for 19, 20, 22 and 25 November 1922].

2 The Clark Coupers are Christina Jane Couper née Clark and her daughters Evelyn Susannah Clark Couper, and Edith Hylda Hope Clark Couper, see diary entry for 22 December 1922.

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

4 Dr Muir and his good friend Agnes Mackintosh had had some kind of romantic moment at Elm Park on her birthday on 4 June 1921 and in spite of his assertion “Admissions of friendship only at Elmpark” of 7 June 1921 but there must still be something between them.

[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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