9 February 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very keen frost. [illegible words]. Went to morning service: communion. Half a doz. town cases including Baptie who is still in bed. After then walked to Hospital + Greenhead. At 9 was called to Walt Hill [?], Briarbank1. Lovely clear night + bright moonlight. Snow yelling2. In the morning gave Lizzie Henderson Chlor[oform] + extracted teeth.

1 The resident of Briarbank, 1918 Valuation Roll, was Walter Hogg but Walter Hill, retired farmer aged 62, died there 12 November 1919 of “malignant disease of the stomach several months” certified by John Stewart Muir

2 Yell, v., n. Sc. usages: 2. Of frost: to crackle, be crisp, in ppl.adj. yellin, crisp, hard (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein, a yelling frost). Cf. Gell, v.1, Gell, adj. [Source: Dictionar o the Scots Leid]

[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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