4 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Colder but a fine sharp sunny day + the roads drying again. I was nearly 3 hours at the Home. First Mrs Mackie appendectomy: then a girl Waldie with a cyst in the neck + lastly Nelly Turnbull for curetting. Cycled there + then back to town + down to Sunderland Hall. Did not get tea till 3.20, then dressed John Brydon. Robt Douglas1 the retired baker died this morning. Helen + Nancy went to the Peat Law for Sphagnum [Moss]. Baptie took the nurse from Mauldsheugh to Crosslee to Mrs Short whom David had curetted Saturday. Letter from Sarah Twentyman announcing her marriage engagement.

1 Robert Douglas, master baker, retired, died 4 February 1920, aged 82, at ‘Claremont’, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk; he was the son of William Douglas, flour miller, and Janet Douglas nee Davidson and was widower of Isabella Renwick

2 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

3 It is not clear what Sarah Twentyman’s connection is with Selkirk or with Dr Muir (though it may become clear in time when the Editor tackles the pre-1914 diaries): Sarah Swinburn Twentyman was born June Quarter 1877, West Derby [Lancashire] Registration District (8b 356), she married, June Quarter 1920, Cockermouth Registration District (10b 1681), Nicholas Stick. She died, aged 86, December Quarter 1963, Lancaster Registration District (10C 530) and is buried at St Paul Church burial ground, Rusland, Lancashire [https://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/gravedetails.php?grave=143013] alongside Nicholas, died 1945, aged 77, at Ulverston, Lancashire and what appears to be her mother Annie Sarah Twentyman née Drinkwater, died 1924, aged 75, also at Ulverston

[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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