7 November 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Same dull damp calm weather not much rain till the evening. Was called up at 2 a.m. for Robt Tait, Goslaw Green with retention + again at 9.30. Motored to Bowhill + found Mrs Ordish much better. T. [temperature] 99.4. Saw some town cases + after lunch gave chlor[oform] for an excision of breast at the home. Nurse Turnbull (Rinkhope) in charge. Delivered my communion cards. Had high tea with Mrs Milne at Bridgeheugh at 6 + took the chair at a concert at Lindean School to raise funds for a piano1. [I] recited Whistle, Pill & Bottle. Saw Mrs Milne2 to Bridgelands where she was staying all night. Raining all the way home.

1 There is an advertisement for “Concert by Mr A Reekie and Party” [Southern Reporter, 6th November 1919] and a detailed report which notes that Dr Muir “genially presided” and performed two recitations [Southern Reporter, 13th November]

2 Mrs Mary Milne was at Bridgeheugh farmhouse, 1919 Valuation Roll

[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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