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

Was also at High Faldonside seeing Dawn1.

Dull morning + forenoon. Some sunshine in afternoon + dull at night. Wind back to N.E. Very heavy dew. Cycled to The Green, Tweed2, Linglie3 + Brown + Allan’s Mills4 + Faldonside. Miss Dees’5 condition favourable + more so at night when her pulse was 86 + T. [temperature] 99.6 + haemorrhage from the ears had ceased. In afternoon walked to Ladylands Toll6, Racecourse7 + Smedheugh8 + took Boyack9. Dora had a call from Mrs D. Brown (née Donald10).

1 Assume Dawn Gordon Belle Brack Boyd Wilson, later Boyd Wilson Milne (1894-1980)

2 Assume Gardiner’s Tweed Mill, Canmore ID 145583, otherwise known as Tweed Mills

3 Linglie Mill, Level Crossing Road, Canmore ID 54251

4 Brown & Allan were at Riverside Mills, Dunsdale Road

5 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

6 Ladylands Toll, grid reference NGR NT475,279, not to be confused with Whitmuirhall Toll NT497,279 also known as Jovial Jenny’s – both tolls are visible on Ordnance Survey Six Inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIII, published 1863

7 Selkirk Common, Gala Rig, Race Course, Canmore ID 302602, grid reference NT496,275

8 Smedheugh, Selkirk, grid reference NT489,279

9 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

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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