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

Still dry + frosty : no wind. Sunny morning : cloudy after. N. [wind] Cycled to Mt Benger Cottages to see Wm Blaikie.1 Took 1½ hours to go + 1h 10m to return. Came round by Hospital + up to County Buildings at 1.45 to sign some papers as Sheriff Sub. Met Anna Lang (Mrs Hamilton) on Harewoodglen Brae.2 She is much better. Nancy, Tim + Louise3 were at a children’s party at Bowhill fancy dress. It seems Dav. + Norah4 were there also. Dav. has got further in at Bowhill5 than ever I did. Nice long letter from Pat.6

1 William Blaikie, farm worker, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Mount Benger, Yarrow [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/389, Selkirk County, page 389 of 611].

2 Anna Gertrude Montgomery Hamilton née Lang (1864-1937), born Largs, Ayrshire. She had married Charles Gipps Hamilton at Selkirk. Died aged 72 at Selkirk [sources: 1864 602 / 30 Largs, Ayrshire; 1892 778 / 33 Selkirk; 1937 778 / 24 Selkirk].

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and two of her children, Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005).

4 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner and Norah Graham née West (1887-1971).

5 Dr Graham has evidently worked his way into some sort of familiarity with the Duke of Buccleuch and his household.

6 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902.

[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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