23 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The Coryza1 developed rapidly + I decided to keep my bed. It was a lovely cloudless [?] day + hard frost. David was twice at Faldonside + found Phyllis2 much better. I hope it is not a mere temporary improvement such as we have seen before. Posted some county accounts. Read [The] Scotsman + Mrs Asquith’s autobiography3 which Mrs Mack4 sent me.

1 Dr Muir appears to be prone to these catarrhal inflammations of his mucous membrane

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

3 Published by Thornton Butterworth, 1920, ‘The Autobiography of Margot Asquith’ is the biography of Alice Emma Margaret ‘Margot’ Asquith née Tennant (1864-1945), Countess of Oxford and Asquith and wife of Herbert Henry ‘H. H.’ Asquith (1852-1928), 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-1916 [her name based on Statutory Birth Registration, 1864, 771/1, Traquair, Peeblesshire]

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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