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

Weather exactly the same: sharp hoar frost: clear sunny day: very slight S.E. air. Saw half a doz. town cases walking + cycled to Miss Dunn1, Miss Hall2, Goslaw Green, Curror Street + Faldonside. Found Miss Dees3 very poorly + agreed to get Ed. Bramwell4 out tomorrow. Gave anasthetic to little girl MacRae5 from Black Andro while Dav. removed the end of her left forefinger. Had to go down to Faldonside at night. Phyllis had a lot of retching. Gave champagne with good effect. Had dinner there. Helen [Muir] had supper at Viewfield6.

1 Not identified

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

3 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; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

4 Professor Edwin Bramwell F.R.S.E, F.R.C.P.E., L.L.D., (1873-1952), 20th century Scottish neurologist, a First World War specialist in brain injuries and shell-shock and was President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1933-1935

5 Not identified, no family of this name is noted at Blackandrew in the 1920 or 1921 Valuation Rolls

6 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham co-partnery’s new (1920) cottage hospital

[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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