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

Another charming day: real summer. Went to Faldonside immediately after breakfast. Found Miss D. [Dees1] i.s.q.2 [and] had a fair amount of sleep. Took David down with me at night. He suggested an acriflavine3 as a dressing for the head. Lot of accounts being paid. Wrote Helen4. Dora5 + Boyack6 took their tea at the “Skeely Brig”7 + went to the Picture House at night. Miss Waugh8 went away for a few days + a friend called Harkness came in her place. There are no cases at Viewfield but John Nicolson9 + the Taylors10.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 In Status Quo

3 Acriflavine was a topical antiseptic developed before the First World War

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

7 The Skeely [Skellie?] Brig has not been identified but has the look of a Scots cultural or literary allusion; the Editor would be pleased to receive information

8 Not identified

9 John Nicholson (c.1858-1920), woollen mill foreman, retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic cystitis

10 Not identified

[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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