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

Snow lying on hills + on golf course. Cycled round town + saw 10 cases + went on to Bowhill where I had an interview with the Duchess and had a glass of sherry from Simpson. Roads rather muddy. In afternoon walked to Briarbank (Walt. Hill much worse) + Whitmuir to deliver communion cards to the Halls but found they lived at the Whitmuirhall dairy + had to go there. It was dark when I got back. Had 18 or 19 people in the surgery at night + had to attend Mrs J Riddell, Backrow after dinner. The child (premature) was born on the floor! S.W.

1 Simpson is not identified but must be a key member of the Scott’s household

1 Walter Hill, retired farmer, aged 62, of Briarbank, Selkirk was suffering from stomach cancer

1 William Hall, dairyman, was inhabitant at Whitmuir; the proprietor was Charles Walter Dunlop and tenant Andrew Ormiston, farmer of Houdshall, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

1 Not identified

[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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