26 July 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The most perfect weather excepting the want of rain. Cloudless sky., slight N.E. wind. Dav. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] rang me up at 2.30 about a case of appendicitis (W Scott) whom he had taken to the nursing home, Glebe Terrace. I went down at 2.15 + got back to bed about 6. Breakfasted at 9. Saw a few town cases + [?], Hill Street. Tested the new cyclometer on the B.S.A. between the 1st + 2nd milestones on the Linglie Road + found it correct. Saw Jim [?] Russell, Heathfield, who goes to Ettrick School today1. [Distributed?] my communion cards. Bella Henderson very ill. Dined at Elmpark. The Durnfords + Erskine + his wife were there2. Most lovely evening. Baptie went up Yarrow for the rest of his holidays3. Great cooperations Peace Demonstration + pic-nic at Calton4.

1 Perhaps James ‘Jim’ Russell, born January 1912, son of Peter Russell and Lizzie Wadham Currier

2 Probably Major Norman S M Durnford and Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper, daughter of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, Sheriff Substitute of Selkirkshire, and Agnes Harper, later Mackintosh. It is Mrs Mackintosh at Elmpark, Agnes’s mother, who is so generous to Dr Muir. Erskine is unidentified

3 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), Dr Muir’s driver

4 It is not clear what this sentence refers to

[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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