7 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Damp misty morning + strong S.W. wind. Cleared up + was sunny all afternoon. Not so cold but by no means warm. Motored to Henhouse1 before church. Communion service at which I was not required officially. Saw some cases afterwards + motored again to Henhouse before evening service + took little Enid Baxter2 with me. Mrs Mackintosh3 came to supper. Got news from her of Chas. Dunlop’s death4. Replied to Lady Napier’s5 letter + returned Dr [two illegible words]6.

1 Presumably to see William Braid Laidlaw (1902-1985), whom Dr Muir had been attending for what may have been Diphtheria; the son of John Laidlaw, saw miller, and Agnes Laidlaw née Taylor, brother of John Laidlaw (1904-) and Robert Braid Laidlaw (1906-), all living at Henhouse, The Haining, Selkirk at the 1911 Census

2 Enid Gordon Baxter, later Thorn (1917-2013), born 1 Nov 1917 at Gothenburg, daughter of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager and informant of the birth, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns 1917, 164/CL 233]

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

4 Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant (stuff dealer) of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk had died there the previous day, see diary entry for 6 May 1922

5 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 (1876-1941), 12th Lord Napier and 3rd Lord Ettrick

6 The Editor cannot see a recent reference in Dr Muir’s diaries to an incoming letter from Lady Napier nor is the person or item referred to immediately obvious

[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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