31 January 1918 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir of Selkirk

Did not get Mrs Tait over till 2.30. Jas Tait is a son of Mrs Tait, Peelburnhead who used to be at Kersknowe. Tait walked down with me*. Baptie had been entertained at Old Lewenshope. Got to bed at 4.30. Put off sick parade till 10. Saw Murdoch [? Resting] very easy**. Saw some town cases walking & in afternoon motored to Yair & Thirladean (Gray). Got some holly at Bowhill yesterday. Helen had Isobel Rodger & Helen Smith at tea. Yesterday morning Dora ‘Phoned that she was going off to the Baltic again (Copenhagen). Did not stay up to see the New Year in.

* Betsy Morrison Bulloch Tait, daughter of James Tait, shepherd, and Marion Tait Black Tait née Bulloch, born 31 December 1918, Lewenshope Hope, Yarrow [birth registered 25 January 1919 at Yarrow]. The parents had married 2 March 1917 at Craigneuk, Dalziel, Lanarkshire

** The editors assume that this is George Murdoch (c.1842-1919); hall keeper, previously police constable, of Victoria Hall, Scott’s Place, Selkirk

Note: Lewenshope Hope is at NGR NT369,317