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

Raining all forenoon: calm [wind] S.E. mild. Saw 7 town cases walking. Motored to Dunsdale, Faldonside + Hospital. At 3 gave Peter Peden1 chlor[orform] + extracted 7 or 8 teeth at Viewfield. Mitchell, Wellwood Stables2 out riding with Jock + Tim3 on Headshaw Moor4 fell off his horse + broke his right forearm + collar bone. Tim rode in for me + I met Mitchell coming in at Henny Knowes. Gave him chlor[orform] + set the arm. Helen + Nancy5 had tea at Bell Harkness’6. Fancy parade for funds of Junior Recreation Club.

1 Not identified

2 Alexander Mitchell, chauffeur, “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, John Roberts junior, manufacturer, Proprietor [1920 Valuation Roll]

3 John ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), two of Dr Muir’s grandson

4 Headshaw is the area north of Ashkirk and the Woll

5 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second and third daughters respectively

6 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929), daughter of Hugh Lockie, woollen millworker, and Helen Lockie née Fairbairn, married John Harkness baker; their daughter Ella Fairbairn Harkness (1893-1915), woollen millworker, died 1915 aged 22 at Curror Street, Selkirk of phthisis pulmonalis 18 months, certified by Dr John S Muir

[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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