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

Weather much the same : raining in the [illegible word]. Very dull. We had 2 cases of tonsils + adenoids at Hospital + 2 kids of Jack Brown. Then David motored me to Faldonside1. D. could not find any cause for continued temp. I am trying Aconite2 to lessen force of circulation + thus end the throbbing headache. Had little or nothing to do all afternoon + went to evening service. Dav., Isa3 + Mrs Mackintosh4 came to supper, the latter as usual contributing a bottle of Port!

1 To see Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) who 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 Aconite, aconitum or wolf’s bane a traditional Chinese medicine was also used in mainstream Western medicine into the 20th Century but is now restricted to homeopathy and potions made by Harry Potter

3 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’ on a count of her generosity

4 Isobel Anderson ‘Isa’ Graham, later Coffey (c.1896-1947), daughter of the Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931, and Katherine Graham née McConachie (d.1919) and sister of David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham; she married, 1924, Plymouth, Devon, Thomas Malo Coffey, C.I.E., Indian Forest Service [Marriages Dec 1924 Coffey, Thomas M and Graham, Isobel A, Plymouth 5b 650]; subsequently she appears on a passenger list for S.S. Naldera, Yokohama to Plymouth, July 1937, when from Bombay [Mumbai] with two of her three children, and she is noted as of “Blackford, Cornwood, Devon” and on a passenger list for S.S. Gurna, October 1946, travelling Middlesbrough to Calcutta [sic], she is noted as of “Waterslade, Highwood, Ringwood, Hants., aged 50; Isobel died 25 Mar 1947 at Kolkata, West Bengal

[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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