14 January 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

More snow again + more than yesterday with a clearer colder looking sky at sun rise. Pretty hard frost. Saw 11 town cases including Mrs Johnstone, Glebe, Rectory + Tait’s Hill. Got to accounts at 1 + stuck closely at them till ? ? David was at Harewoodglen seeing W. Lang + did Scaurneuk for me. The Durnfords1 arrived at Elmpark also Lady Belhaven2 + her daughter Lady Hemphill3 + Lady Napier4 came to Mauldsheugh.

1 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976) and her husband Major Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965)

2 Georgina Hamilton née Watson (1856-1940), the Hon., Lady Belhaven and Stenton

3 May Clarke Mary Nisbet Hemphill née Hamilton (1879-1970), the Hon., Lady Hemphill; daughter of Lady Belhaven (above), sister of Lady Napier (below) and cousin of Agnes Watson Durnford (above)

4 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), the Hon., Lady Napier

[As noted in Dr Muir’s diary entry for 10th January there was clearly a reunion underway of the ‘Watsons’ – all of the individuals footnoted above and also Agnes Maude Ethel Stowe née Simpson (1878-) from 10 January 1920 were the daughters or granddaughters of Sir John Watson (1819-1898), 1st Bt. of Earnock and Neilsland, Scottish coal owner and his first wife Agnes Simpson]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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