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

Strong W wind + heavy rain up till 12.30. Fair + drying after. David got back from Dryhope at 2.30 a.m. + intended going to Edinburgh for the weekend but was kept all day with Mrs Robert Scott, Kilncroft + didn’t get her over till 5.301. Unfortunately she died shortly after2. He had the same stiff job with her as I had in September 1917. I did a small town list. Was called out about 3 to Dobie3 at Victoria Hall who fell off a ladder + fractured his radius. I went down to see Jack [Robert] at night. He is not right yet, there is some extra trouble at the Mill that is worrying him.

1 Assume Mary Scott, born 24 January 1920, at 31 Kilncroft, Selkirk, daughter of Robert Scott, millman, and Mary Scott, deceased [see footnote 2]; her parents had married in 1915 at Selkirk

2 Mary Scott née Stoddart, wife of Robert Scott, woollen millman, died 24 January 1920 at 31 Kilncroft, Selkirk, aged 37, of “fatty degeneration of heart” certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; the previous birth referred to was that of Robert Scott, born 24 September 1917

3 Assume John Dobie, caretaker and “Inhabitant Occupier Not Rated” at Victoria Hall, Scotts Place, 1920 Valuation Roll

[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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