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

Shorter dull period this morning + a lovely sunny day. Sharp at night + moonlight. Cycled to Mrs Dobson1, Forest Road + then to Faldonside where I found Miss Dees2 less well. Temp. 1030. Bleeding from the incision Scott Skirving3 made. Went down again with D. [David Graham] at 5. + put on dry pad with pressure to stop venous bleeding + gave a hypo of heroin. Dined at Faldonside. Found patient better T.99.8 + P.88. Boyack4 left + Dora went to Edinburgh with her + interviewed the Webbs5. Certified a lunatic Mrs Easton6 + Linglie Cottages.

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

2 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

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

4 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

5 On 10 September Dora went to work for the Webb family, unmarried brothers and sisters of “Independent Means” at 11 Priestfield Road, Newington, Edinburgh

6 William Easton, woolsorter, was at Sunnybank Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

[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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