25 September 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A blustery blowy mild day S.W. [wind]. I had a row with that prince of snobs + dipsomaniacs Lord Napier1. He was coming down to see Lady N. + I persuaded him not to come. He promised + then came down + very much upset her. I saw him at Mauldsheugh + gave him a bit of my mind. He was very indignant that I should talk to him in such a way! Frank [Muir] went over to Hawick to see Mrs Baird at Hazelwood. Helen [Muir], Tina, + Hardinge walked to Bridgelands for tea2. Charlotte’s nephew Alexander, a clergyman married to Mrs Dundas’s sister called.

1 Francis Edward Basil Napier (1876-1941), 12th Lord Napier and 3rd Lord Ettrick, J.P., soldier and courtier known to Dr Muir as ‘The Weakling Lord’ or ‘An Awful Ass’; he appears to have been a constant irritant of Dr Muir’s, who regularly accused him of evading military service, indeed Lord Napier was charged with being absent without leave but failed to show at his trial at the Sheriff Court on the 13th August 1917. He was fined and entered Berwick Barracks a few days later as an ordinary soldier

2 Presumably the Christine (or Christina) Patrick referred to in Dr Muir’s diary entry for 20th September 1919 (she is otherwise unidentified) and Gladys Harding a friend of Helen Muir’s

[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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