2 June 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunny day with cool N.E.E. [sic] wind. Quite sharp + clear at night. Cycled to Bank about War Stock which D.C. is trying to read out for me1. Went on to Oakwoodmill, Oakwood and Fauldshope. At Oakwood saw Lilly’s (Mrs Walt Green, Rawburn) little girl aet 17 mo[nths]2. At Fauldshope old Wilson better + able to walk to the garden3. Came back by Hospital Jas. Freer seriously ill, symptons of Septicaemia. Saw him again before dinner. Helen + Nancy cycled to Howford + Ettrick Shaws4. Letter from Robertson5 asking me to see Mrs Bullough6. Letter from Dr Lanch [?], Poole, offering information re Pike. Wrote him + also [?].

1 See diary entry for 26th May; D C was David Carnegie Alexander aka ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor

2 Lillias Linton Grieve, born 1 January 1918 at Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh but registered at Longformacus, Berwickshire, daughter of William Grieve, farmer, of Rawburn, Duns, and Lillias ‘Lilly’ Grieve née Linton, married 11 April 1916, Manor Parish, Peeblesshire – Lilly was herself the daughter of Simon Linton, farmer (landowner), and Lillias Linton née Fleming and she had married from Oakwood, Selkirk where she met Dr Muir, undoubtedly not for the first time, in 1919

3 Assume William Wilson, farmer, of Fauldshope Bridge [Source: Valuation Roll, Selkirkshire, 1919]

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

5 Possibly George Matthew Robertson (1864-1932), M.D., LL.D., F.R.C.P.ED. Physician-Superintendent of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders, and Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh; of Robertson Dr W McAlister, medical superintendent of Bangour Mental Hospital, was to write “The passing of Professor George Robertson removes from our midst one who for years dominated the whole field of Scottish psychiatry” [Source: The British Medical Journal, 9 April 1932, pp. 688-9]

6 Molly Bullough née Spittal (about 1866-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh a number of times in 1915, early 1916 and more recently on 29 April 1918

[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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