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

Frost gone + good S.E. wind blowing: dull + rather threatening but no rain. Some dust flying in High Street. Motored first thing to Faldonside [and] made Fiff1 keep her bed today. Ed. Bramwell2 came at 4 + I met him there. He could not give a very definite opinion on the cause of the mental impairment but thought the most probable cause might be oedema of brain. He advised resuming the Uratropine + absolute quiet. He back [sic] with me to Viewfield to see Dav. [Graham], co-partner] about Mrs Taylor3. Helen + Barb.4 had a run with the hounds which met at [illegible] Knowes. I was at Sundheugh in the morning before going to Faldonside.

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 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

3 Not identified

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s third daughter and eldest granddaughter respectively

[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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