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

Still dry + not quite so windy. Lovely sunrise. Roads very good. Between here + Henderland1 the only muddy bit was the stretch between the hedges past ‘Manitoba’.2 Had another letter from Miss Barclay with a typewritten copy of a letter she has sent to the University Court.3 She must really be cracked. Motored to Curror Street, Viewfield (Peter), Black Andrew Cottage, Henderland, Mount Benger, Ettrickhaugh Road + Mill Street + after lunch to Hospital, Dunsdale, Hartwoodburn + Whitmuir.4 Jack5 looked in in the evening.

1 Henderland, Megget, north of St Mary’s Loch, grid reference NGR NT232,233, where Dr Muir had been attending the Mitchell family since late 1921.

2 In his diary entry for 15 March 1919 Dr Muir referred to Sandy Coltherd’s house at Harehead as Manitoba. It is otherwise unidentified but must surely refer to a property on the heavily wooded stretch of road on the east bank of the Yarrow Water opposite the Bowhill estate.

3 Miss Barclay is unidentified and the Editor does not recall a similar reference previously.

4 Dr Muir has done an extensive series of visits far west into Selkirkshire and then a shorter series ending up to the east of the town.

5 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law.

[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

2 thoughts on “26 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. A piece of wall at the entrance to Manitoba is still visible (I think) on the north side of the Yarrow road at Harehead. It was occupied in the early 1950s by Mrs Erdei and her daughter Rita. They had come from Germany post-war with husband Louis, a Hungarian. I remember visiting with my mother and great aunt to see the baby. It was a very small cottage and I guess not much of the actual base of it remains, but the wall and steps up from the road were still there but overgrown in the early 2000s.


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