28 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There is a note above the entry for 27 February 1922 which reads “28th Princess Mary’s Birthday” 1

Cold + unsettled with flashes of sleet + rain + some glints of sunshine S.W. [wind] The schools had a holiday for the Royal Wedding but there was no public notice taken of it. I was not out of the town. Was at Viewfield for 2 hours for 2 operations for appendicitis viz. little Frank Scott (Jessie Colledge’s boy2) + a woman Young from Linthill3. Vaccinated [?] Esther Harper4 who is a very dear wee kid. I feel as if I would like to keep her. Erskine Harper5 arrived unexpectedly this morning + his mother6 asked me to go down in the evening + see him professionally.

1 Dr Muir is referring to the marriage, on 28th February 1922 at Westminster Abbey, of Princess Mary, only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, and later the Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, to Henry, Viscount Lascelles, later the 6th Earl of Harewood

2 Francis Napier ‘Frank’ Scott (1914-1976), born Selkirk, died at Coupar Angus, Perth & Kinross, aged 61; he was the son of Jessie Kemp Scott née Colledge (?1889-?1960) and Francis Napier Scott, married 1910, Selkirk [death, 1960, 685/6 495, Newington]

3 Young of Linthill has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

4 Esther Ramsay Harper, born 1921, daughter of Esther Harper née Ramsay of Kirkwynd, Selkirk; both had been brought in by Dr Muir in a state of crisis, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 17 February 1922

5 James Erskine Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson married 20 April 1886 at Hamilton, Lanarks, and died 10 December 1953, aged 66, at the Cottage Hospital, Dunoon, usual residence Heath Bank, Blairmore, Dunoon & Kilmun, the informant was his sister Agnes Durnford née Harper q.v. of Caerbadon House, Cleveland Walk, Bath (now known as Brandon House); he was divorced from Gladys Gilroy whom he had married 1914 at Liverpool.

6 Agnes Harper née Watson, see footnote 5

[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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