11 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair today. Scarcely a trace of snow left. None on Foulshiels or Newark but plenty on Windlestrawlaw, Blackhouse &c1. Roads drying but most filthy on the low ground. At 9.30 gave Matt Wallace chlor[oform] at Mauldsheugh for D [Dr David Graham] to open a palmar [cellulitis – see reader’s contribution below]. Cycled there + to Faldonside + after tea to Smedheugh. William Cape died this morning2. Helen [Muir] spent the evening at Elmpark with Agnes Durnford.

1 Assume Windlestraw Law, Innerleithen, grid reference NT371,431 and Blackhouse Heights, Yarrow, NGR NT222,290

2 William Stoddart Cape, railway surfaceman, single, son of William Cape, head game and park keeper, and Jessie Cape née Stoddart, died 11 March 1919, aged 43, at 12 Elm Row, Selkirk, usual residence Over Roxburgh, Roxburgh, of influenza 5 days, pneumonia 5 days, certified by Dr John Stewart Muir M.B.

[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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