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

An extraordinary mild day, with the temp. in my room 50o + the Surgery lobby running with moisture. Lady Napier1 curetted. Saw about 14 town cases + didn’t get tea till 2.45. Got very little done at accounts. Called at Elmpark + told Lady B.2 about the operation on Lady Napier. Saw Agnes Durnford3. Mrs Laidlaw, Castle Street (formerly Haining Lodge) in the most awful state of [illegible words]. Saw Nurse Beck about her. Fowler1 wanted her moved to Poorhouse but she was quite unfit.

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

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

1 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976)

1 James Laidlaw and Isabella Laidlaw née Christopherson (about 1854-1920) were at Haining West Lodge in 1911 Census and had married there in 1889; she died the next day, 17th January, at 61 Castle Street, Selkirk, aged 66, of “general debility” certified by John S Muir M.B.

1 William Fowler (about 1863-1933), Inspector of Poor and Registrar, Selkirk

[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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