3 February 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rather colder but quite fresh. Strongish W. wind. Some showers + some sun. Saw a list of 15 in town motoring+ at 1.20 went to Whitmuir, Lilliesleaf (where I saw Mrs Tannoch of Newhall1 + Riddills [sic], Ashlea)2, Woll Rigg + Fauldshope. Getting home at 4.40 found message to Anderson, Eagle’s Nest3 + motored there. Walked from Bengerburn old Toll. Called for Mrs Mills, Mountbenger4 later + finished at 9.15.

Some crocuses flowering.

1 Mrs Tannock is unidentified. John Tannock, farmer, was tenant at Newhall Farm, Bowden, Roxburghshire from the early 1920s to at least 1930 [Valuation Rolls] but the name is common in Ayrshire and he has proved impossible to find in the 1921 Census. There are no marriages in the south east of Scotland that might identify him and his wife either.

2 George Riddell (1854-1940), joiner and farmer, was proprietor at Ashlea, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire in the 1922 Valuation Roll and in the 1821 Census he was recorded at Ashlea, widowed, with his daughter Isabella Lauder Riddell (1885-1939).

3 In the 1921 Census the Anderson family at Eagles Nest, Yarrow (grid reference NGR NT315,259) comprised William Anderson (1872-), shepherd, Agnes Murray Anderson née Nichol (1880-), married 1907 at Eskdalemuir, and their children John Anderson (1907-), Isabella Armstrong Anderson (1909-), Robert James Nichol Anderson (1910-) and Adam Anderson (1916-).

4 Helen Mills née Anderson (about 1848-1926), servant, widow of George Mills, blacksmith, allegedly born Cavers, Roxburghshire was recorded at Mountbenger Cottage, Yarrow, 1921 Census, with William Blaikie (about 1855-), cattleman.

[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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