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

A fine sunny forenoon but dull later + raining. Mild S.W. [wind]. Saw nine town cases walking + settled down to clerical work after 3 but was called down to Lindean Station where Jim Brodie1 had been brought after attempted suicide in Ettrick. Joe Clapperton’s boy2 got him shivering + wet + on the bank. We dined at Elmpark where Agnes + Erskine3 are. Helen4 busy all day with the child welfare party treat at the Victoria Hall.

1 Assume James Brodie, woollen pattern weaver of Curror Street, Selkirk, who died of “Neurasthenia 18 months” in September 1921

2 Joseph Hume Clapperton (c.1863-1938), woollen manufacturer, appears to have had only one son, Harry Inglis Clapperton (1898-1942) who fought in the First World War, was later a ranch manager in Argentina and died there 1 December 1942

3 James Erskine Harper (1887-1953), barrister and Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976), the children of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson, later Mackintosh who later lived at Elm Park, Selkirk and was a close friend of Dr Muir

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime 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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