21 April 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The cold weather culminated in a strong N.E. gale with showers of snow + hail. I saw a few town cases walking + spent the rest of the day in the Smoke room making out cycling tours from Chollerford.1 Helen2 went with all the Wellwood children3 to the steeple chase at Kelso. I had to go out after dinner to see Mrs Hogg, Backrow.4

1 It looks as if there is a plan to revisit Chollerford, Humshaugh Parish, on the North Tyne and very near Hadrian’s Wall where both Dr Muir and Frank Muir and his family had been in May 1922.

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

3 These are the children of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) of Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk. Precisely which children Dr Muir was referring to must be uncertain because a couple of them are of an age where one wouldn’t call them that. The children were Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005).

4 It is unclear who Mrs Hogg was as there were several families called Hogg in Back Row, Selkirk at this time..

[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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