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

A mild dark rainy day, at least showering. Saw some cases + met Dav. at Walker, Glebe Terrace at 11 when he curetted Lizzie1 + then at the House [Mauldsheugh], Annie Little2. From there I walked to the Hospital where I have sent McColl’s housekeeper, McPherson who, I suspect, has been prigging3 his wine. Was in the house after 1.30. Made out some accounts. Bella4 in bed with a combination of asthma, cystitis + lumbago! Helen5 had all the work + we supped in the kitchen off an excellent rabbit pie of her making + stewed apples with whipped cream.

1 Perhaps Elizabeth Walker, fancy draper, who was at 16 Glebe Terrace, then aged 39, in the 1911 Census

2 Assume Ann Helen ‘Annie’ Little (1894-1968), Red Cross VAD holder of Red or White Stripe, of Hawkshaw, Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Dr Muir’s servant for 6½ years until early 1918 when she left go to Moffat Hydro Military Hospital on V.A.D. work [Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922]

3 Stealing, thieving: a common usage in England but not Scots it appears

4 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and housekeeper

[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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