8 May 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull at first but a fine day with slight shower at 8. Bright + clear N.W. wind. Was called out hurriedly after breakfast for Mrs Jas. Thomson1, Chapel Street, who had had pains. Saw her again. Effie Devine, Russell Cottage.2 Cycled to Hospital + then went on over Rink, Clovenfords + Bowland to Stow + from there by Wooplaw + Langshaw + home by Boleside. 27.85.3 Took my tea above Wooplaw with fine views of Eildons, Cheviot +c. The road from a mile beyond Langshaw awfully cut up with traction engine traffic from a quarry where they have a stone-breaker.4

1 Mrs James Thomson is so far unidentified.

2 Effie Devine is so far unidentified. There were two individuals named Euphemia Devine in Scotland in 1921 (but no Devine names at all in Selkirkshire), both of a similar age (24 and 25) and from Lanarkshire (Dalziel and Garngadhill respectively) but there was nobody named Effie.

3 Dr Muir appears to have travelled via Rink, grid reference NGR NT482,323, to Clovenfords, NT449,364, then presumably taking the back road up the Caddon Water through NT423,380 and past Bowland roadend, NT442,400, to Stow, NT460,446, then climbing to Wooplaw, NT494,421, and Langshaw, NT516,396, before dropping to the River Tweed past Easter Langless and travelling home past Boleside, NT496,334, opposite Faldonside.

4 The Editor cannot find a quarry in that area.

[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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