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

I had a most terrible night of dyspepsia + had to rise at 4 + sit in the Smoke room.

Usual fog in morning + very hazy all day but sun strong. Cycled to Faldonside. Miss D.1 better than I have seen her. Dav. [Graham] got message to Glengaber to see Amos2 the shepherd who was said to have broken his leg. D. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] couldn’t go so I motored to Deuchar + walked over carrying the game bag with splints &c. Found a very severe compound frac[ture] + dislocation close to the ankle. Gave chlor[orform] + was assisted by a man [illegible] who with his wife is lodging there. Arranged to get Amos down to Viewfield tomorrow. Told Turnbull3 of Tinnis about it. Got a tremendous sweat walking down.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 John Amos, shepherd; he was “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Glengaber, Yarrow, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 William Turnbull, farmer, was tenant at Tinnis, Old Tinnis, Deuchar and Glengaber, Yarrow, 1920 Valuation Roll

[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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