18 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I was knocked up at 12 to go to Mrs Hope1, Ramsaycleuch Cottage, motored up. It was fair. Got back at 3.30. The woman who is in her 7th month had cystitis. While dressing this morning had to attend to Mrs Tait in the surgery for retention. Saw town cases walking in the forenoon + called at Viewfield. Wrote Nancy, Pussy Stuart2, Young & Sons + Miss Graham. Went to evening service. McKenzie3, Ettrickbridgend, preaching. Was rather disappointed with him. There were some showers today + sunny intervals. A peal of thunder at 5. Bella’s4 temp. 100o.

1 Janet Hamilton had married Robert Hope, March 1920, at Ettrick Manse at which time both parties were of West Buccleuch, and Margaret Jane Hamilton Hope, later Cook (1920-1983) was also born at Ettrick

2 Pussy Stewart see 15 July 1920

3 Assume the Reverend George Mackenzie who was proprietor of Kirkhope Manse and Glebe, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

[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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