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

Dav. [Dr David Graham] operated on Mrs Robert Finnie for chronic appendicitis + on Gladys Mann for tubercular glands in the neck which were found to be suppurating. I motored to Oakwood (Mr Linton = prurigo1) over the hill to Ashkirk + Jim Scott’s funeral2. Poor John Scott looked very broken down. I had one of the cords of the coffin between Dunlop3 + a man whom I did not know. It was cold but fair + dry day + the roads wonderfully good + quite dry. Came home by Lilliesleaf [?] + Southcommon. In afternoon After tea saw some cases in Dovecot + Elmrow + went down to Hospital to get details for report4.

1 Nodular prurigo is a skin problem with “itchy bumps (nodules)” [British Association of Dermatologists]

2 Though the name appears to be Jim in the diary this must refer to Alexander Corse Scott, Captain Royal Scots, died 13 March 1919, Aboyne Hospital, Bellwood Road, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire; it is scarcely surprising that his father John Scott was distraught, he had lost his son John Michael Corse Scott on 29 March 1917 in Greece and his daughter Violet Johnston Stewart née Scott in 1915 of a brain haemorrhage after the death of her husband Herbert Eustace Hathorn Johnston-Stewart, also in 1915, while his other son-in-law Captain Ian Forbes Mackay was killed on 25 September 1914 at Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France; he was himself to die the same month, on 29 March 1919 aged 64

3 Assume Dunlop of Whitmuirhall

4 Assume the Selkirk Burgh Medical Officer of Health’s Report

[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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