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

Illusory hopes were raised this morning when the weathercock pointed towards to the W. of N.W. but the deceitful fowl soon rounded to its favourite N.E. There were slight showers of snow + a fairly heavy one at 7 which was immediately followed by sunshine. I walked to Kirkwynd +c Spion Kop1, Hospital + Curror Street + then, as it looked like keeping fair, I cycled to Broadmeadows Cottage2 + Yarrow Manse3 getting only a few flakes of snow.

1 Spion Kop, Selkirk, where on dates including 3 July 1922 and 13 April 1923 Dr Muir had attended Mrs Margaret Kemp née Gibson (about 1858-1935), allegedly born Thornilee, Roxburgh. She lived at Spion Kop with four grown-up children Janet, Robert, James and John, all of whom worked in the textile industry, Janet for Edward Gardiner and the men for Gibson & Lumgair [1921 Census]. Margaret Kemp had been honoured as a “Special worker at work parties” when awards were made at the Victoria Hall of war service medals, see diary entry for 30 March 1922.

2 John Brown, known as Scott (about 1877-1923), ploughman, had married Maggie Elizabeth Hawkins (1878-1933) on 10 June 1904 at the Manse, Lilliesleaf. Dr Muir had attended previously on 8 November 1922 and 7 April 1923.

3 Assume Yarrow Church of Scotland manse, proprietor occupier the Reverend Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), M.A. (Edin.). There was a Free Church manse at Yarrowfeus where the Reverend Malcolm Carment (1856-1936) was tenant occupier.

[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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