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

Was knocked up at 5 to see Mrs Anderson, Craighill1. Left at 5.35 + got back at 8.20. It had just stopped raining when we started + kept fair all day + sunny till evening when it got duller but no rain. Wind N. Had 7 operations at Viewfield from 10.45 till 2.30, viz 2 hernias; an [illegible] + removal of appendix: a patella bursa + 3 tonsils + adenoids. I felt very tired after + did nothing more till I went across to Viewfield before dinner + down to see Peggy Lockie2. Felt my dyspepsia all day. Dora made some first class Hotch Potch3, her first attempt.

1 John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd and widower at Craighill, Ettrick, had married Grace L Davidson, his housekeeper it would seem, at Cossarshill, Burnfoot, Ettrick, in March 1919; he is recorded at Craighill on 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-), power loom weaver, was suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis

3 Hotch potch is Scots ‘Hairst bree’ or ‘broo’ (brew), a harvest broth

[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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