4 January 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was able to go out today. Walked to Betsy Heatlie1, the Loan, Douglas, Hillside, Mavisbank, Curror Street. Hospital + then had to go down to Mrs Lawton2, altogether I walked about about 31/2 miles + felt decidedly tired. David [Graham] went to Sunderland Hall (in Swift) + on to see Beasley, Gattonside3. Helen [Muir] was in bed with a cold. I wrote Jean, Dora, Mary Rodger, PU.S., Surveyor of Customs & Excise, Douglas & Foulis4, Brit. Med. Assoc. [BMA] and Mr Dunn, Castle Douglas.

1 There were a Miss Betsy Heatlie and a Mrs Betsy Heatlie at the Loan in the 1919 Valuation Roll

2 This may be Mrs Justina Lawton, widow and tenant occupier of a house and garden at Elm Row, Selkirk or Mrs Mary Lawton, widow and tenant occupier at 24 Heatherlie Terrace, Selkirk

3 Lewis Beesley or Beesly (1877-1954), L.R.C.P.S., surgeon, was Tenant Occupier of Fauhope House, Melrose, 1920 Valuation Roll; joint author of ‘Manual of Surgical Anatomy’ [various copies listed at https://www.worldcat.org/title/manual-of-surgical-anatomy/oclc/809315145&referer=brief_results/]

4 Douglas & Foulis, booksellers, of 9 & 11 Castle Street, Edinburgh

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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