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

No frost but the same snell1 W. wind + a fair amount of sunshine. I am having less + less to do. I cycled to Raeburn Meadow, Hospital, Sloethornbank2, Ettrickhaugh Road, Green Square3 + Glebe Terrace + then motored to Whitmuir4 “Did Peter”.5 Lunched on porridge. Went along at 3 + 4 to the Town Hall where I thought there was to be a meeting of the Red X [Cross] but there was no sign. Finished the quarter’s account. Helen6 went to Edinburgh with Mrs Mack7 for a few days.

1 Snell, adj., adv., 4. of weather: biting, keen, piercing, bitter, severe. [Dictionar o the Scots Leid].

2 Sloethornbank, Selkirk, looking down over St Mary’s Mill from Ettrick Terrace and shown as Sloethorn Bank on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.1, published 1899.

3 A baby had been born unexpectedly at 8 Green Square, Selkirk on 22 January 1923.

4 Presumably to attend Christina Neil née Scott of Whitmuir who had given birth to a daughter on 16 January 1923.

5 The Editor is not familiar with this expression, which Dr Muir is using repeatedly at this time.

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

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

[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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