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

Some white frost : fair in forenoon but showers of hail after, S.W. + N.W. Started to cycle to Ettrickbridgend + Craighill1 but at the former it began to rain so I turned back. Spent the afternoon reading + arranging some accounts. Helen2 walked to Middlestead3 + after dinner motored with Dav.4 to Smailholm Mains. He had previously been to Bewlie Mains by mistake.5

1 Ettrickbridgend, Kirkhope, grid reference NGR NT388,243 and Craighill, Ettrick, NT259,145.

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

3 Middlestead, Selkirk, NT452,264.

4 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

5 This is a bizarre idea, with Bewlie Mains just outwith Lilliesleaf, south west of St Boswells, and Smailholm Mains just outwith Smailholm, north east of St Boswells. Nobody would simply mix them up, so there must be more to this story than meets the eye.

[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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