1 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Not a cold day today but blowy from W. Dora [Muir] left at 5.51 for Edinburgh to assist Jean [Muir] at her tea room for a while. I had to hire from Bryson1 as D. [David Graham] was using the car. Walked to Curror Street, Tweed + Linglie Mills + Hospital. Banked £220. Saw A Riddell2 from Lilliesleaf, our first patient at Viewfield3. Pulled a lot tulips + Endymion4 for Dora to take to Jean. Wrote Mrs McGill, Springholm5 + Swift Co6. 2nd postage began today. Did 40 Vaccinations. Total now over £200.

1 Bryson, later Croall Bryson, a Selkirk motor garage and vehicle hire

2 Assume Andrew Riddell, draper, of Lilliesleaf

3 Viewfield, now the Andrew Lang Unit, had been acquired in 1920 by the Muir & Graham co-partnery as a surgery and cottage hospital; its previous tenant had been Alexina Margaret Buist (1853-1936)

4 Endymion, the English bluebell or wild Hyacinth – Hyacinthaceae – sometimes named Endymion non-scriptus – though the naming is agreed to be confusing

5 Janet MacGilvray, tenant occupier at Crocketford Special Water District, Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire [1920 Valuation Roll] seems to be the only possible match

6 Swift Motor Co., whose motor Dr Muir has had problems with going back several years

[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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