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

Snow completely gone except on hills. Foggy + at times drizzling. Walked down to Mrs Hudson1 + found her wonderfully well. Motored to Faldonside (Dees2 ‘Phoned me last night at Wellwood). She3 had another attack like that she had after the funeral. It occurred to me last night that possibly she might have taken something alcoholic. I didn’t like to mention it to Dees but to my surprise he said she had occasionally done so but he didn’t think on this occasion. I was in the house all afternoon + concocted some remarks for Waugh’s lecture4. Carlota Rodger5 called to have her ear syringed.

1 Annie Hudson née Lynch who had been ill after the birth of her daughter Agnes Lynch Hudson on 12 December 1920

2 Robert Irwin ‘Robber’ Dees (1872-1943) of Faldonside whose daughter Phyllis had died in early December

3 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), Phyllis Dees’ mother, who had collapsed after her daughter’s funeral (see diary entry for 4 December)

4 Author Joseph Laing Waugh (1868–1928) was due to speak at Selkirk on 16 December

5 Elizabeth Charlotte ‘Carlota’ Rodger (1884-1958), Dr Muir’s wife’s 1st Cousin Once Removed

[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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