1 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There was no lifting of the dull grey curtain that shut out the sun today + it was decidedly cold with some drizzle in the forenoon. Met Scott Skirving1 again at Faldonside. Miss Dees’2 condition was better + her temp. almost normal. Skirving did a lumbar puncture without anaesthesia. At night to my regret her temp. was up to 103 again. I motored both times. Was feeling unaccountably fagged. David operated on Mrs Colledge3 from Whitchester, for an abdominal tumour which had turned out to be malignant, + little Isa Linton4, Ettrick Road for appendicitis. I gave chlor[oform].

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

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 This appears to be Jessie Colledge née Scott (c.1867-1920); she had married Joshua Alberto Colledge (1866-1942) at Selkirk in 1901 and he was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Whitchester, Longformacus, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 The most likely identity is Isabella Cuthill ‘Isa’ Linton (1912-), daughter of George Linton, mason, and Mary Linton née Dixon, who are at Ettrick Road, 1920 Valuation Roll (not too far from where Isabella was born at Green Square, a terrace where Mill Street meets The Green and no longer there) but there are two Isabella Lintons born a year apart at Selkirk so it is not possible to assert this identification with absolute confidence

[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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