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

A day of incessant heavy rain from S.E. Ettrick in heavy flood. Motored to Ettrick Road (Mrs Paterson1, epistaxis) + Kilncroft. Then to Curror Street + Faldonside – at 1 motored to Colin’s Bridge. Oakwood [?] Deloraine + Crook Cottage getting home a little after 5. David [Graham, co-partner] got back at 11. He got a message yesterday to Shankend2 + went to Miss Beust3 via Eskdalemuir. He went + saw Louise4 yesterday.

1 Mrs Alison Paterson, widow, was at 3 Ettrick Road around this time (though this could refer to a wife of James Paterson, gardener, who was at 4 Ettrick Road) [1920 Valuation Rolls]

2 Shankend (not to be confused with the location and viaduct in Cavers Parish) is between Hopehouse and Thirlestane House, Ettrick Parish, approximate grid reference NGR NT292,162, and visible on the Ordnance Survey 6” Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII.NW, published 1900

3 Alexina Margaret Buist (1853-1936), see diary entry for 3 October 1920

4 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts (1906-1982), Dr Muir’s granddaughter who was at school at Brampton, Cumberland

[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

2 thoughts on “4 October 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I think “epistoris” is epistaxis, a nose-bleed. Not necessarily trivial, especially in the elderly as they can cause the patient to be very confused.

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