28 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weather I.S.Q.1 Saw half a dozen town cases. Met Cath Smith who talked about Jean. Cycled down to Forest Mill + chose cloth for a summer suit. Went on to Sunderland Hall + Fairnilea + continued by Ashiestiel to Walkerburn + home. Took my tea opposite Thornylee2. A lot of wood cut down at Caddonfoot + Ashiestiel. Stopped above Holylee + had a smoke by the river3. Motored down to Sunderland Hall stables at 8.45 [9.45?] + gave George McGill 1/3 morphine + atropine4. McCall called. He is almost off his head. He has been proposing to some girl + been refused.

1 I.S.Q. is In Status Quo, a medical abbreviation meaning “no change”

2 Assume somewhere in the Traquair Forest / Elibank area opposite Thornylee Craigs (though opposite Thornielee, a little further east, is a possibility too)

3 Holylee, north bank of Tweed approximate grid reference NGR NT393,375

4 See also diary entry for 30 May 1919

[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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