13 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Frost continues but much duller than the last few days. In fact the sun never shone at all. I walked to the Hospital + Hill Street + went to communion service. I was in the house the rest of the day till evening when I went to church again. Rev. R Smith1 of the Congregational Church preached well on “I thank God for his unspeakable gift”2. Nancy3 lunched at Elmpark4. John Paterson5 died in the Royal Infirmary last night from Uraemia. Scott Skirving6 had been in charge.

1 The Reverend Richard Smith, minister of Philiphaugh Congregational Church, and of the Manse, Russell Place, Selkirk

2 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

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

5 John Paterson, joiner, widower of Christina Cockburn, died 13 November 1921, aged 69, at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, usual residence 5 Goslaw Green, Selkirk, of “Retention of urine 1 day” and “Uraemia 3 days” but Enlarged Prostate and Nephritis both “eight years”; he was the son of William Paterson, tweed mill worker and stockingmaker, and Helen Paterson née Kilpatrick

6 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary

[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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