14 December 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A nice calm mild day + no rain. Met David at Hannay’s, Buccleuch Road + gave Violet1 chlor[oform] for an exam[ination]. Saw town cases up to 12.30. Mrs Mack’s friends refused a P.M.2 Finished posting Nov. into ledger. Dressed little Bobby Thomson’s + Willie Heatlie’s hands. Went to evening service with Helen. Jack + Nancy came to supper.

1 Violet Hall Hannay née Mitchell (1868-1941) and Violet Mitchell Hannay (1900-1986) were at 27 Buccleuch Road, Selkirk in the 1911 Census, Mrs Hannay had married to John Hannay, wool sorter originally from Maxwelltown, Dumfriesshire, at Selkirk in 1898; Violet Hannay junior was a power loom weaver when she married David Brown Laurie, shoemaker, at Selkirk, 1925. It is more probable that it is Mrs Hannay being referred to, see diary entry for 21 December 1919

2 Margaret McNamara née Butler ‘Mrs Mack’, widow of Austin McNamara, had died on the 13 December 1919 at 37 Chapel Street, aged 74, death certified by Dr John S Muir M.B.; she was the daughter of James Butler, carter, and Agnes Butler née Ruddy

[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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