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

A cold raw day with sleety showers in afternoon. S.W. [wind] glass rising. Attended Mrs Cochrane, daughter of Turnbull1, R. C. School, who had a d [daughter2] at 9.30 C.F.S. (large tear) + was rather collapsed after. Was to have gone to Mauldsheugh at 9.30 to give John Anderson3 chlor[oform] but couldn’t. Went to Pritty’s funeral with Town Council at 14. Large turn out. Helen [Muir] went to Edinburgh with the 8.17 to meet Jean5 + call for Agnes Durnford6. She didn’t get back till last train.

1 Margaret Elizabeth Cochrane, born 16 March 1920 at 107 High Street, Selkirk, daughter of James Cochrane, insurance agent, previously a cloth finisher and Pte. 252290 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and from Barrhead, Renfrewshire, and Jane Eastham Cochrane née Turnbull; her parents had married 28 February 1919 at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Selkirk

2 Her father was Walter Turnbull and, though they appear to be Roman Catholic, the reference here is not immediately clear

3 John Anderson is not identifiable from this reference

4 John Pritty, Burgh Surveyor, died 13 March 1920 at Craigneuk, Chapel Street, Selkirk – see diary entries for 12 and 13 March 1920

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

6 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976)

[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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