10 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Colder today + a very slight powdering of snow on the hills. Some heavy showers of rain + blinks of sunshine. Motored to Beechwood + Deuchar Mill returning by Dunsdale Cottage [and] Hospital. Dav.1 came at 1 + we finally settled all the summary cards2 + I sent them away. Saw some cases after + arranged accounts for paying amounting to £131.14.0. Helen3 + Mrs Mack4 went to the Young People’s Guild Meeting5. Mrs Mack brought me a bottle of whisky. Announcement of Mr [illegible] death6.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnership had changed its administration and Dr Muir was undertaking onerous work on record cards which included the so-called Summary cards

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

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

5 The Young People’s Guild appears to be a church institution

6 The Editor speculates that this refers to the death of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), CVO OBE FRGS FRSGS, Antarctic explorer, who died 5 January 1922 at Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; alternative suggestions welcomed!

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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