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

Keen frost + hard dry roads. Was called out at 2.45 a.m. for [Marg Rob deleted] Robina Roberts1, Sloethornbank. Did not stay + came back to bed. Saw her on + off during the day + cycled to Faldonside + got her over at 3.40. Frost continued very severe at night + I put on the radiators in Hall + diningroom + stove in bedrooms. Bella2 in bed with slight pericarditis.

1 Robina Foster Roberts (1890-1969), daughter of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Roberts (whose name appears to be the one deleted), had a son named Charles Turnbull Roberts born 17 December 1920 at Sloethornbank and registered 4 January 1921, she married Andrew Hislop in 1932

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

[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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