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. David looked in when I was shaving having attended Mrs Girdwood, Castle Street. He went to Edinburgh for to give Chlor[oform] to Adam Inch2 upon whom Fraser was operating. I was bad all day with dyspepsia. Saw a few town cases walking. Took no lunch but went with H [Helen] to tea at Elmpark. Norman Durnford3 there. Helen went to Lauriston for high tea + she + Cath4 went to the theatre after.

1 Joan Girdwood nee Johnstone, attended presumably for the birth of her second son Robert Johnston Girdwood (the 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]

2 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

3 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

4 Catherine Adam ‘Cath’ Smith (1874-1929), her home was Lauriston 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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rumblingclint

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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