29 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still extraordinarily cold. Hard frost + a shower of snow between 5 + 6. Quite dry + dry + some dust [?]. David + Norah motored to Edinburgh1. The former to attend a dinner in connection with Craigleith Hospital2. I motored to Fairnilea + Yair + saw some town cases after. No new work. Got a terrible shock when Paul Cochrane ‘phoned me that John Scott died this morning. Poor John. His later years have been sadly darkened by his many losses. 2 sons in law, a daughter and 2 sons3. I noted how broken down he looked on Tuesday week at Alex’s funeral4. The Patons called today.

1 Dr Muir’s co-partner Dr David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner and his wife of three years Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971)

2 Later the Western General Hospital

3 John Corse Scott (1854-1919) of Synton lost his daughter Violet Johnston Stewart née Scott in 1915 of a brain haemorrhage (after the death of her husband Herbert Eustace Hathorn Johnston-Stewart, also in 1915) and his son John Michael Corse Scott on 29 March 1917 in Greece. John Scott’s other son-in-law Captain Ian Forbes Mackay had been killed 25 September 1914 at Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France, while his other son Alexander Corse Scott (1894-1919), Captain Royal Scots, died 13 March 1919 at Aboyne Hospital, Bellwood Road, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire. All six are memorialised on a single panel at Ashkirk

4 See comment in diary entry for 18 March 1919; John Corse Scott (1854-1919) of Synton, Ashkirk died 29 March 1919, aged 64, at Meadow House, St Boswells

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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