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

I was knocked up at 6 a.m. by a ‘phone message to Mrs James Wilson, Fauldshope. It was raining heavily when we started. Beyond the Priory the car began to back fire + finally stopped at 1 mile. Baptie worked away for half an hour or more + then I walked back in the rain to get David’s car. I found him away to Prieston: ‘phoned to Bryson for a car but before he came Baptie turned up having managed to remedy the defect. I was an hour longer however of getting to Fauldshope. It turned out a false alarm + I was only 10 minutes there. In forenoon motored to Tait’s Hill, Dunsdale, Peelburnfoot, Yair + out to Buxton [?]. On returning at 1.30 Baptie got message that his mother was dying + motored up. She died 3/4 of an hour after he arrived. I made out some more accounts.

1 The Priory, South West Heatherlie, on Ettrick Road and above Mauldsheugh, see Ordnance Survey 25″ Selkirkshire Sheet XII.5, published 1932 https://maps.nls.uk/view/82905333/

[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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