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

Mrs G T Scott1 died suddenly this morning [note above 22 March]

A perfect day! There was a little hoar frost + afterwards brilliant sunshine all day. David came home this morning. It was a shock to me when he got a message to see the Duke. I feel more than ever now that I must take a back seat, but I must fight against this horrid feeling of jealousy that comes to one when I find old patients preferring my young colleague. I went down first thing to Mauldsheugh + came back + gave the wee boy Harper, Kirkwynd, chlor[oform] to open an abscess. Then I cycled to Whinfield Cottage + Linglie Cottages + round by Hospital. Nancy [Roberts nee Muir] even asked to go for a short walk with Helen [Muir]. D. [David] had to go to Borthwickbrae at night + Baptie drove him with Swift2.

1 Mrs G T Scott was Margaret Scott, wife of Gideon Thomas Scott, wine merchant, who died 10.50 p.m. on 21 March 1920 at The Home, 15 High Street, Selkirk, aged 64; she was the daughter of Thomas Scott, farmer, and Margaret Elliot Scott, formerly Little, née Ballantyne

2 Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry, it is not clear which model Dr Muir owned of this small motor manufacturer’s many products but it had been the ‘workhorse’ car for the practice since Dr Muir had acquired it some time before Auguust 1914 [Source: ‘Swift Models 1901-1931’, http://www.theswiftclub.co.uk]

[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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