18 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Hard frost: fine clear calm day. Without much to do I never got settled down to the accounts till late in the afternoon. First [?] came a message to Sund. [Sunderland] Hall to see Caroline. + at the same time I made calls in Curror Street, Hospital + Gib + Lum [Gibson and Lumgair]. Then I attended a [illegible] for Hiddleston1: was called to Mrs Archie Robertson then to Mrs Hogg, Elmrow, who had fallen on the pavement. After dinner I had to see Murdoch (who had a rigor2) then Johnstone, Ladylands, called at 9 + they came up from Mavisbank about Mrs Ballantyne. Again David had very little to do. I got a motor clock from H & I3 for him which cost 70/- [shillings – nominally £3.50 but actually a great deal of money].

1 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954); medical practitioner

2 Rigor is an episode of shaking or exaggerated shivering which can occur with a high fever

3 The editor assumes this is Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh jewellers and watch sellers, who call themselves H&I to this day

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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