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

Frost again at night: calm, cold day. Dry. Was seized this morning when dressing with a violent Pleurodynia1 in right side which disabled me considerably. Walked to Goslaw Green, Curror Street, Wellwood Stables + Chapel Street. Messages afterwards to Miss Dunn2, Miss Hall3 + Jeannie Scott, 8a Mavisbank4. Saw Mrs Harper5 + Amos6 at Viewfield before dinner.

1 Pleurodynia is a general term for pain from the Pleura, the linings around the lungs, thus pain in the chest or upper abdomen when you breathe

2 Not identified

3 Perhaps Janet Hall (c.1846-1930), spinster, Proprietor Occupier of a house at 3 Heath Park, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Mrs Jean Scott, widow, was tenant at 8a Mavis Bank, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

5 Margaret Jane Harper née Lyle, of Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, wife of John Johnstone or Johnston Harper (c.1851-1932)

6 John Amos, shepherd, had suffered a very serious compound fracture and dislocation at Glengaber, Yarrow on 14th October 1920; he was “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Glengaber, 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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