21 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very fine day + quite dry and even warm. Was called up about 2.30 about Mrs Nisbet1, Yarrow Terrace but didn’t go down. Saw about 12 town cases + Bridgelands cycling: called for Charlotte2 who was a little distant at first. Bella3 still ill: tendency to rigors but at night was perspiring for the first time. Went to meeting of Panel Commttee at Railway Hotel4. Menzies5, Somerville6, Tyrell7 + Hiddleston8. Sudden death of old housekeeper at Haining9. From “Magic Cave”10 an enlarged photo of Selkirk from behind the Firs. Nancy11 came home from Buttermere. Got two letters from David + wrote him.

1 Gordon Mary Nisbet née Wright (1874-1920), wife of John Nisbet, woollen millworker, of 14 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk

2 Dr Muir has always called her Carlota but this is conceivably Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-), Dr Muir’s wife’s 1st Cousin Once Removed, sometime of Bridgelands, Selkirk

3 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

4 The Railway Hotel, Newton, Roxburghshire, a regular venue for Panel Committee meetings

5 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M., M.D., medical practitioner, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk

6 Dr James William Somerville (1866-1934), of Galashiels

7 Edward Munro Tyrrell (c.1862-1940), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, of Wellwood, Galashiels

8 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), L.R.C.P.S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner

9 Unidentified

10 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, aka ‘the Magic Cave’

11 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter, who had continued her holiday at Buttermere when Dr Muir went home

[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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