27 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dry coldish day + duller not much no sunshine + in the afternoon just a little S.W. Glass high + steady. Good harvest weather. Made 7 calls + in afternoon did some book work. Heard yesterday from Pussy Stewart1 about Pike2 + wrote thanking him. He thinks there may be tuberculous mischief in the hip joint. Wrote Lady Napier3 to say that Napier4 would not be taken into a nursing home + suggesting an Inebriates Home.

1 William James ‘Pussy’ Stuart (1873-1959), C.B.E., M.B., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, consultant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and sometime president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; Born 17 December 1873, at 7 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh (but not registered until 6 March 1874), the son of the Reverend Doctor John Stuart, Minister of St Andrew’s Parish, Edinburgh, and Jessie Stuart née Duncan, married 14 May 1867 at Edinburgh.
Sources: Statutory BMDs; the British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 5122, 1959, pp. 652–652. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853. Accessed 31 Oct. 2022.

2 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent and husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir, was suffering from very poor health

3 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), the Hon., Lady Napier

4 Francis Edward Basil Napier (1876-1941), 12th Lord Napier and 3rd Lord Ettrick, J.P., Captain; soldier and courtier, was making Lady Napier’s life a misery with what was thought to be satyriasis

[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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