22 August 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Called up at 3.15 a.m. to see Mrs Henderson, Buxton1, who had a M.C.2 It was raining slightly + very dark. Immediately after breakfast had to go down to see Stirling [?] , Curror Street, + use Catheter. Motored via Yarrow Cottage (Mrs Baptie very low) to Ettrick School + saw Mr R who is getting very senile. Attended Mark Napier’s funeral at 123. Service in church. His widow + 2 sons: Colonel Napier: Lady N Napier were all the relatives. [The] very few others included Lord + Lady Glenconner4. Spoke to Jack N. + afterwards at P.O. to Mrs Mark [Napier] + her son5. Poor Jack N. very much overcome. Called for Mr McGuire, Newburgh + walked to Howford Hill to find that the girl was away to Kirklea. Got home at 3. Made out more accounts. From Magic Cave a Pork Pie: cream cheese, Polony sausage + tablet.

1 Presumably the Hendersons of Buckstone or Buxton Cottage, Selkirk; the cottage is just south of Dean Burn on what is now the Border Abbeys Way, grid reference NGR NT482,286, see Ordnance Survey 25″ Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, published 1899 https://maps.nls.uk/view/82905330/

2 The Editor assumes M.C. refers to miscarriage

3 Assume The Hon. Mark Francis Napier (1852-1919); barrister and company director, son of Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier of Merchistoun q.v. and Anne Jane Charlotte Napier née Lockwood and husband of Emily Jones; he had died 19 August at Inverness

4 It has not so far been possible to identify Mark Napier’s sons

5 Presumably Sir Edward Priaulx Tennant (1859-1920), Baron Glenconner; Scottish Liberal politician and Lady Glenconner (Pamela Tennant née Wyndham)

[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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