16 February 1913 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another posting in the occasional series of 1913 diary entries

Weather much the same, calm dull + cold. Things getting quieter except for insured coming to consult (not of course today). Cycled to Bridgelands +c [The] Firs, Cannon Street finished by 1. Teddy Rodger’s engagement broken off1. Went to evening service. Mr Ross2 preached on the Antarctic disaster3. Mabel + Nancy came to supper4. Wrote Helen5 + Lizzie Rennie6.

1 This is Peter Edward Alexander ‘Teddy’ Rodger (1876-1913), son of George Frederick Eck Rodger and Hilda Rodger née Seebohm; a wine merchant, unmarried, he died 10 May 1913 at Ochil Hills Sanatorium, Milnathort, usual residence Bridgelands, Selkirk, of phthisis pulmonalis, toxaemia and cardiac failure

2 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland minister

3 News of the “Antarctic disaster” did not come through until surviving members of the party operating at (or out of) Cape Evans had survived another winter in the Antarctic and been picked up by the Terra Nova, returning on her third and final voyage, in early 1913 [see e.g. History of Scott’s Expedition, British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition 1910-1913

4 Conceivably Mabel Lovat McCall née Armstrong (about 1878-1917), wife of the Reverend James George McCall and Nancy Roberts née Muir (though why either should be there without their husbands isn’t clear)

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

6 Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie (1858-1928), daughter of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir, thus Dr Muir’s niece

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/16, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1913]

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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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