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

Colder : snow showers up Yarrow, slight here. Megget hills very white. Freezing at night. Motored to Scott Crescent, Ashybank +c + Henderland. Yarrow Road very muddy especially beyond Douglas Burn1 where the Road Roller is working. In afternoon went to Woll Rigg + Kirklea.2 At latter met Paul Cochrane3 + Minnie [?] + Katie [?] Scott who sang beautifully.4 Had tea there. Got present of Tales of Violet Jacob from Julia.5 Got present from Julia of Violet Jacob’s Tales.

1 The Douglas Burn crosses the Gordon Arms – St Mary’s Loch road at grid reference NGR NT291,245, immediately west of Craig Douglas and just before the burn debouches into the Yarrow Water.

2 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets, and his family.

3 Possibly Paul John Cochran (1868-1953), gentleman, of Whitriggs House, Kirkton, Roxburghshire, 1921 Census. He was born 2 May 1868 at Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, England and died 23 August 1952 at Kalemouth, Eckford, Roxburghshire.

4 Assuming that the Editor’s readings are correct, Minnie and Katie are unidentified.

5 Violet Jacob née Kennedy Erskine (1863-1946), Scottish novelist, diarist, story writer, Scots language poet and artist.

[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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