6 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Change again to frost + sunshine. Fairly hard frost which never goes in the shade. Hounds at Haining. Walked out to above Deepslade1 + was joined by Helen2, Louise, Jock + Tim3 + afterwards by Nancy.4 Saw a good deal of the Hunt. They ran up from S Common + on to Gala Rigg, Whitmuir, Riddell + back by Jerusalem to Whitmuir, Deepslade into Haining + killed somewhere on the Ettrick Road.5 There was a big field. We walked to Whitmuir. Got back about 2. Feeling very slack + short of puff.

1 Deepslaids, south of Selkirk Common, grid reference NGR NT485,268, visible on Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII.10 (with inset XII.14) (Selkirk), published 1860.

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

3 Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford, John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts, three of Dr Muir’s grandchildren.

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir, one of Dr Muir’s daughters.

5 The hunt covered the east and south fringes of Selkirk and into Lilliesleaf. The only two places on their route that are not easily identified are Deepslaids, noted above, and Jerusalem i.e. Jerusalem Heights aka Jerusalem Height, north east of Friarshawmuir above the 270m Contour Line, grid reference NT510,266, at the covert now known (and shown on Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger) as Sprot’s Bonnet [Sources: oral testimony from Walter Elliot and Mrs Wilma Gunn, who recalls that her father, a driver, always referred to the road into Whitmuirhall as “the road to Jerusalem”].

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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