30 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Nice letter from Miss Lockhart.1 Kept my room. Wrote Moir2, McDougal3, Rabagliati4, Wilson5, Hunter6 + Wyllys.7 Kept my room all day to get rid of coryza till dinner time. Dr + Mrs Kennedy8 + 2 kids arrived to stay till Tuesday which was unfortunate. It was a cold wet but fresh day.

1 Miss Lockhart is unidentified, though she and Dr Muir corresponded from time to time, see his diary entry for 12 January 1921.

2 John Wilson Moir (1843-1926), M.D., medical practitioner, sometime of St Andrew’s, Fife, who was referred to by Dr Muir on Sunday 15 July 1917 “Put up a doz Reporters for friends including Blair, Jedburgh & Moir, St Andrews & Wilson, Doncaster” [Heritage Hub SBA/657/20/6].

3 John Aymers MacDougall (1844-1928), M.D., medical practitioner, born and sometime in practice at Galashiels, one of Dr Muir’s oldest friends and when James Ramsay died in 1915 Dr Muir commented “Thus is severed another of the four remaining links between now and my student days. I last heard from “Ram” on Dec 26 when he signed himself “one of your oldest and most affectionate friends”. McDougal, Brunton and Rabagliati are the only remaining ones.” diary entry for Thursday 4 February 1915 [Heritage Hub SBA/657/18/7]. John MacDougall published an obituary of Sir Lauder Brunton in the Edinburgh Medical Journal Edinb Med J. 1916 Nov; 17(5): 345–349″.

4 Andrea Carlo Francisco Rabagliati (1843-1930), M.D., F.R.C.S.E., medical practitioner and dietician, author of ‘Air, Food and Exercises; An Essay on the Predisposing Causes of Disease”, 3rd Edition, 1914; he was a near contemporary of Dr Muir, studied medicine at Edinburgh, had family connections with the Borders and was long-term friend of Dr Muir’s; also note comment of Dr Halliday Sutherland “Their author was fond of coining new words based on Greek roots, which puzzled the non-classical reader.” [sources include BMJ obituary, 1930, and Bradford Telegraph & Argus, ‘Past Times’, 8 March 2000 ‘Doctor’s veggie way to a long life’]; our recent researches note that in ‘Animal Sensibility and Inclusive Justice in the Age of Bernard Shaw’ author Rod Preece asserts that Beatrice Webb [Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield, née Potter (1858-1943), English labour historian and social reformer] consulted Rabagliati in 1901, leading to her adopting a vegetarian diet and later describing herself as “anti-flesh-fish-eggs-alcohol-coffee-and-sugar-eater”.

5 Alexander Christy Wilson (1846-1925), medical practitioner, born 1846, Cavers, Roxburghshire, died 27 Apr 1925, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, buried Hyde Park Cemetery, Doncaster, Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

6 Hunter is unidentified.

7 Wyllys is unidentified.

8 Assume William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire circa 1921 but by June 1921 recorded in a similar role in Croydon, Surrey (1921 Census taken 19 June 1921), and his Mary Balfour Kennedy née Alison (1889-1978). They had two sons, Ian Alexander Kennedy (1916-1988) and Charles Gordon Kennedy (1920-).

[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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