28 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very wet day with some short fair intervals. Wind returned to E. I have really very little to do except at the Hospital where there were now 10 Scarlet + 2 Diph. Only the latter had still Epistaxis1 today + I had to renew the plugs + give Adrenalin intravenously. Distributed my Communion Cards + dined at Elmpark2 where we had Mrs Simpson3 and Lady Belhaven4 there + we had a rubber of Whist. Wrote Charlie Boucher5 declining an invitation to visit him.

1 Epistaxis is bleeding from the nose

2 Elmpark, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

3 Margaret ‘Maggie’ Simpson née Watson (1857-1939), Mrs Agnes Mackintosh’s sister

4 The Hon. Georgina Hamilton née Watson (1856-1940), Lady Belhaven and Stenton and Agnes Mackintosh’s sister

5 Dr Muir and his daughter Helen had been invited to visit Charles James ‘Charlie’ Boucher (1877-1947), locum to Dr Muir in 1902, born Belfast, was a medical student in Snaith and Cowick, Yorkshire, West Riding in 1901 and returned to Ireland before 1915, to general practice at Donaghcloney, Co. Down, marriage in 1911 to Martha Louise Denison, and eventual death; Boucher’s aunt with whom he was living in 1901 was Jane Shearburn née Auld, daughter of Charles Auld of Greenock and Isabella Auld née Logan, sister of Jane Logan, Dr Muir’s mother, making Dr Muir and Jane Shearburn first cousins, their shared grandparents being the Reverend James Logan and Catherine Stewart

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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