8 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Some heavy rain at darkening.

Gave Nessy Barnes1, Curror Street, chlor[oform] + extracted 10 teeth. Dora [Muir] assisted me. Message to Sundhope for Willie Barrie2 + just when I starting got another for old Mr Wilson3, Fauldshope. Went there first + over the Swire4 to Sundhope. Felt the Swire very stiff + had to walk a good bit of it. At Sundhope Willie had a ischial5 abscess which I opened freely. Got tea from Betty6. All the rest were at Yarrow Cottage where Baptie was selling off by auction7. Came back to Black Andro Cottage + Forest Road. Found messages to Ritchie8, Glebe Terrace: Mrs Murray, Forest Road (lunacy case) + Mitchell, Wellwood. Had a pretty full day + cycled 27.5 miles. At 10 had to go down to Mauldsheugh, Norah9 having been bitten by one of her dogs.

1 Edward Barnes was at 20a Curror Street, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

2 Assume William Elliot Turnbull Barrie (1895-), son of Walter Barrie and Elizabeth Barrie nee Elliot, married 1890, Edinburgh; they were all at Sundhope, Yarrow, in the 1911 Census

3 James Wilson, retired farmer, Fauldshope, see diary entry for 12 May 1920

4 The Swire is the high pass between Kirkhope, just west of Ettrickbridge, and Yarrow, reaching about 360m near Witchie Knowe and with a height gain from Selkirk of about 285m

5 An expert reader advises that the correct reading of this is “ischial abscess (see ischial tuberosity), namely an abscess on his bottom.” He goes on to say “There is also an occupational disease ‘weaver’s bottom’ caused by repeated stress to the ischial bursa through operating a hand-loom’s foot lever.”

6 Assume Elizabeth Lorna Barrie (1892-), daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Barrie and sister of William E T Barrie footnoted above; they were all at Sundhope, Yarrow, in the 1911 Census

7 This was the clearance of Thomas Baptie’s deceased mother’s house, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 6 May 1920 diary

8 Adam Ritchie was at The Glebe, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll] but no matches were found for Glebe Terrace

9 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham, Dr Muir’s co-partner

[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

2 thoughts on “8 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I think the word might be ischial (see ischial tuberosity), namely an abscess on his bottom. There is also an occupational disease “weaver’s bottom” caused by repeated stress to the ischial bursa through operating a hand-loom’s foot lever.

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