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

Another dull day but with one or two blinks of sunshine: no rain. Phyllis Dees1 died this morning at 8.10 + Dav. came up soon after. We had an operation at 10 viz. curetting Mrs Imrie2 at her sister’s, Mrs Brodie, Goslaw Green. I saw 10 town cases. Finished posting the ledger for Nov. a record on the 2nd day of the month following. Wrote Jean3, Miss Forsyth (for Mrs Bullough4) [and] Dr Robertson5. I intend going on Monday (D.V.) to see Mrs B6. Nancy + Barbara7 at tea. Nancy has given me a present of 2 sets of flannels for Xmas. It is awfully good of her.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), died 2 December 1920, aged 21, of a fractured base of skull and staphylococcal meningitis three months, death certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.; she was daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside and had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

2 Thomasina McDonald had married Robert Brodie at Selkirk, 1893 while her sister Jemima married William Imrie at Selkirk, 1901; they were the daughters of John McDonald, tailor, and Margaret McDonald née Emond

3 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

4 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh a number of times in 1915, early 1916 and more recently on 29 April 1918 and 2 June 1919; her husband William had died in 1913

5 George Matthew Robertson (1864-1932), M.D., LL.D., F.R.C.P.ED. Physician-Superintendent of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders, and Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh; his address was Tipperlinn House, Morningside Place, Edinburgh

6 Assume Deo volente – God willing

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), one of her daughters

[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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