13 March 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still very cold + a few flakes of snow in the morning but wind S.W. at first N.W. Went S.W. + it rained a lot in the afternoon. Some snow on hills got less. Walked, after giving Chlor[oform] at Mauldsheugh for a circumcision, to Forest Road, Kirkwynd, Knowepark, Ettrick Mill etc + in afternoon went to Riddell + Lilliesleaf for Dav. [Graham] who was up Ettrick. Was shocked to hear of Pritty’s death this morning. I have known him since /86 or /85. Helen had tea at Mrs Harkness’2. Nancy + Tim3 rode to the meet at Ashkirk.

1 John Pritty, Burgh Surveyor, died 13 March 1920 at Craigneuk, Chapel Street, Selkirk, aged 63 of cardiac failure certified by J Murray Hiddleston [see diary entry for 12 March 1920]; he was the son of Francis Pritty, silversmith and engraver, and Lilias Pritty née Boag

2 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929), widow of John Harkness, baker; their daughter Ella Fairbairn Harkness (1893-1915) a woollen millworker died in 1915, aged 22, at Curror Street, Selkirk of phthisis pulmonalis; from previous references in his diaries it seems that Dr Muir’s daughters kept in touch with her mother

3 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s grandson, later a mill owner

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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