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

Dull calm morning again + a little sunshine towards evening. Motored to Faldonside via Forest Road. Found Miss Dees1 less well. Temp. 102.2 [and] restless night + more headache: pain in spine. Asked for Skirving2 to come out again. Along with D. [David Graham] met him at 5 when we opened the swelling on her head which proved to be a haematoma. Her temp. had fallen so I had given 5 grs Pyramidon3. Had tea at Faldonside. Saw Jane Johnstone4, Mrs Dobson5 + John Nicolson6 after supper. Dora + Boyack7 went to evening service.

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

2 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary

3 Pyramidon was the name under which Hoechst AG sold the anti-fever medicine Aminophenazone from 1897, though Burroughs Wellcome was manufacturing between 1915-1940 see image here

4 Assume Jane Pringle Johnstone (1868-1920), confectioner, of 14 West Port, Selkirk; she was the daughter of Alexander Johnstone, tailor and clothier, and Jane Johnstone nee Armstrong and died on 31 August 1920

5 Helen Dobson née Hope (c.1859-1920), widow of George Dobson, woollen designer, living at Kirkwood, Forest Road, Selkirk, 1920

6 John Nicholson, mill foreman, at 32 High Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

7 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

[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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