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

A warm sunless day with westerly wind strong at times. Breakfasted 7.10 + at 8.8 cycled to Gilmanscleuch, Ettrick P.O. + Ettrick School. Intended doing Howford (Back o’ Hill) as I returned but at P.O. got message to Mrs Baptie. Very stiff climb against wind to Hartleap1 + fine run down + found Tom [Thomas Baptie] at his mother’s2. The old lady looked very changed + and has had a slight shock [a stroke, or cerebrovascular accident] the power being partially away from her left arm3. I told Tom to remain if he would. Called at Mauldsheugh for Mrs Erskine + some others + got my tea at 3.40. Barbara’s 17th birthday. Gave her the crystal pendant with monogram which belonged to Bessie Rodger4.

1 This implies that Dr Muir has gone round the longer route via Tushielaw and Altrieve instead of straight out of Kirkhope via Witchie Knowe

2 Jane Baptie, widow of William Baptie, shepherd, died 23 August 1919, aged 85, at Yarrow Cottage, Yarrow, informant Thomas Baptie, son and certified by Dr J S Muir M.B.

3 Thank you to a regular contributor of medical advice to this Blog the Editor is now confident of this reading

4 The Editor wonders if this may refer to Elizabeth Rodger née Robertson, daughter of Archibald Shaw Robertson and Agnes Robertson, formerly Sleigh, née Lyall and wife of George Rodger, solicitor and Pro Fiscal of Selkirk and son of Peter Rodger; she died aet 37 postpartum, 5 April 1872, her death certified by Dr J S Muir M.B., her brother-in-law. George Rodger, solicitor, and Elizabeth Robertson had married 25 April 1871 at Kelso North Church

[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

3 thoughts on “11 August 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I think it reads “and has had a slight shock (stroke, or cerebrovascular accident) the power being partially away from her left arm”. I remember the word “shock” being used when mt grandmother had a stroke and it was in common use when I worked at Peel Hospital.


    1. I wonder if you would mind if I shared an upcoming Dr Muir entry in which I’m stuck on a couple of medical references? I’d probably need to do it via email but if you are concerned about that we could share via the official Heritage Hub system. Regards, Paul


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