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

There was no rain all night + with a keen drying N. wind the roads this morning were perfectly dry + splendidly smooth. The change from the mud of yesterday was perfectly marvellous. David [Graham, co-partner] + I motored to Gala to Phyllis Dees’ funeral1. We arrived just in time for the service but didn’t go to the cemetery. I saw town cases before + after. At 2.30 got message to Mr Linton2, Oakwood. Cycled up. It took me 73 minutes to do the 9.5 miles + a visit of 15 minutes. Barbara3 had a walk with Helen [Muir] + came to tea. At 10.30 p.m. they ‘Phoned from Faldonside for Mrs Dees4 + I motored down. The poor thing had collapsed + no wonder.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had died, aged 21, on 2 December 1920 after a long and distressing illness

2 Assume Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Oakwood, Selkirk

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s granddaughter

4 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson who had collapsed the day before after her daughter Phyllis Dees’ funeral

[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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