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

Beautiful morning with mist in the valleys + bright sunshine above. In the afternoon the mist gradually descended + it was raining at night. W. [wind] Motored at 9.20 to see Willie Cochrane1 [illegible] at Whitmuirhall + called for Mrs Russell. She was evidently sinking + died in the forenoon. Wrote Robert Russell2. Motored to Thirlestane (Lady N. not any better) + back to Bridge Street, Fairnilee + Sunderland Hall + Bridgelands. Had 2 wires from Lady Belhaven3 + wrote her. Mrs Plummer in an unsatisfactory condition. Plummer rang me up at night. Got hair cut.

1 William Cochrane was occupier of a house at Whitmuirhall at least 1916 to 1920 [Valuation Rolls]

2 Janet Margaret Russell née Shand (about 1828-1919), widow of James Russell D.D., minister of Yarrow, died 30 December 1919, aged 91, at Heathview, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk, death certified by “John S Muir M.B. etc”; she was the daughter of John Shand, Writer to the Signet, and Isabella Shand née Lister

3 The Editor assumes this must be Georgiana Katharine ‘Lilly’ Hamilton née Richmond (d.1932), Baroness Belhaven and Stenton; it is not obvious why they were corresponding, though Lady Napier was her daughter (and Mrs Mackintosh her sister) and Lady Belhaven herself was to visit Selkirk imminently

[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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