1 December 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I am gradually being superseded at Faldonside1 by David2 . He stayed all last night + went back again tonight + gave an intravenous saline. I went down at midday + found the patient just the same. It is a most depressing situation to feel shelved + ousted after 53 years hard work. I don’t think David means to do it but he doesn’t seem to consider my feelings at all. This was a fine day + no rain. David went to Edinburgh today + Baptie3 met him at Lindean at 5.40: took him down to Faldonside: brought him back + took him down to stay the night.

1 Dr Muir is being superseded in overseeing care for Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new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

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

[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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