6 April 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still calm. Weathercock went round from N.E. (where it was yesterday) to N. then W. It kept fair but not a glint of sunshine. David1 looked in when I was shaving having attended Mrs Girdwood, Castle Street.2 He went to Edinburgh for to give Chlor[oform] to Adam Inch3 upon whom Fraser was operating. I was bad all day with dyspepsia. Saw a few town cases walking. Took no lunch but went with H4 to tea at Elmpark.5 Norman Durnford6 there. Helen went to Lauriston for high tea + she + Cath7 went to the theatre after.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

2 Joan Girdwood nee Johnstone, attended presumably for the birth of her twin sons Robert Johnstone Girdwood and Adam Girdwood (her first was John Hislop Girdwood in 1918); she had married Adam Girdwood, then Gunner 10272 Royal Naval Reserve in 1916 – in 1920 he was a postman and they were living at Castle Street [1920 Valuation Roll].

3 See also diary entry for 24 April 1920; this is probably Adam Inch (1909-), son of John William Gibson Inch (c.1867-1939), farmer and tenant at Broadmeadows in 1920 Valuation Roll (though it has not been possible to rule out that it is Adam Inch (c.1877-1935), J W G Inch’s brother); Adam junior was born at Edrom, Berwickshire, John his father died at Pathhead, Midlothian.

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

5 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946).

6 Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965), Major, Army Service Corps, later a businessman, of Stoke Bishop, Bristol. Married to Agnes Watson Harper and son-in-law of Mrs Mackintosh, formerly Harper née Watson of Elmpark, Selkirk.

7 Catherine Adam ‘Cath’ Smith (1874-1929), her home was Lauriston, Selkirk, at this time.

[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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