2 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still absolutely sunless [word deleted] + East wind but less of it so it was not as piercingly cold. Motored early to Faldonside. Nurse Hogarth left today + 2 nurses, Harper + McMillan arrived from Miss Graham’s1. I went down again about 5 + met them. Phyllis2 was easier then [and] there had been no more vomiting. At 10.30 I met Dav. [Graham] + Jeffery3 at Viewfield for a gastrostomy on Mrs T Brown4, then appendectomy on Janet Neil5 + lastly an operation on And. Cowan6. I was there from 10.30 till 2.55. After my tea at 3.30 I went to Beechwood7. Voted in the Municipal election.

1 The nurses are not identified but Miss Graham’s refers to the Scottish Association of Trained Nurses at 15 Alva Street, Edinburgh (sometimes described as “Miss Graham’s Home for Trained Nurses (Co-operative System”) of which Miss Elizabeth Graham was Matron

2 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

3 Not identified

4 Mary Ritchie Brown née Johnstone or Johnston (1876-1920), the wife of Tom Brown, watchmaker

5 Not identified

6 Andrew Cowan, shepherd at Kirkhope or farmer at Dryden, Ashkirk

7 Miss Jemima Colville was Occupier of property at Beechwood, Selkirk, from 1911 to 1931 Valuation Rolls

[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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