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

Weather deteriorating: glass fallen + falling. Wind S. Rained heavily in afternoon + slightly in morning. Found Miss Dees1 fairly well but with headache which was relieved after I opened the wound + allowed blood to escape. Took Dav. [Graham] down at night + acting on his advice put on a dry pad. Her temp. during last night went up to 104.4. + when we were there it was 100. We had a glass of port + a smoke. I had to go to Yarrowford to certify And. Hobkirk2 for the poorhouse + W Essenside to see Walt. Currie3 formerly at Boos Mill4. I motored over 37 miles.

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 Andrew Hobkirk (c.1847-1920), retired shepherd, son of William Hobkirk, shepherd, and Mary Laidlaw, died at Galashiels but he was at Yarrow for many years e.g. at Catslacknowe and Crosscleuch, Yarrow, 1887-88 Valuation Roll

3 Walter Currie, ploughman, was “Tenant Occupier not rated” of a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Bowismiln, Lilliesleaf, on the Ale Water (grid reference NGR NT507234) and part of the Riddell estate

[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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