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

Frank Scott varnishing wood work of new basin in dressing room

Gross weight 11st. 3lbs net 10st. 5lbs 4oz

S.W. [wind] today: no hoar frost but temp. very little higher: dark morning some sunshine in afternoon. Great many trippers here it being Edin. + Gala. holiday. Saw a few town cases walking + cycled to Goslaw Green, Bridgelands, Faldonside + Peelburnfoot. Wrote out accounts in afternoon. Mrs Mack1 called here to tell me that Napier2 is at Thirlestane3 + Lady N.4 wants her to take Alistair5 to keep him away from his father. Sent card to Mrs Craig Brown6.

1 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, daughter of Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet and Agnes Watson née Simpson

2 Francis Edward Basil Napier (1876-1941), 12th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and 3rd Lord Ettrick, J.P., Captain; soldier and courtier described at various times by Dr Muir as ‘The Weakling Lord’, ‘An Awful Ass’ or “Poltroon”; he appears to have been a constant irritant to Dr Muir who criticised him for evading military service, which he had indeed sought to do*, and on 25 September 1919 Dr Muir, fed up that Lord Napier had upset Lady N. called him “… that prince of snobs and dipsomaniacs.”
* Lord Napier was charged with being absent without leave but failed to show at his trial at the Sheriff Court on the 13th August 1917, was fined and entered Berwick Barracks a few days later as an ordinary soldier)

3 Thirlestane House, Ettrick, also Thirlestane Castle grid reference NT28126,15351, visible on the Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII.NW, revised 1897, published 1900, Canmore ID 100390, now demolished

4 Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), Lady Napier, daughter of James Hamilton, 9th Lord Belhaven and Stenton and Georgina Hamilton née Watson (thus Mrs Mack’s niece); she had married, 1899, Francis Edward Basil Napier

5 The Hon. Alastair John George Malcolm Napier (1909-1984), son of Francis Edward Basil Napier, 12th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and the Hon. Clarice Jessie Evelyn Hamilton

6 Jane Craig Brown née Gray (about 1844-1928), widow of Thomas ‘T’ Craig Brown who had died at home on 8 April 1922

[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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