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

Went to Edin. today to see Molly Bullough1. She met me at the station + drove me round by Blackford Hill. After lunch she motored me to call for Robertson2, Tipperlinn House, Dora + Jean3. Was much amused with Dora’s friends. Do. was going to the dentist + we drove her there. Was introduced to Pike4 + was not prepossessed by his appearance at all but made the best of it. Jean looked well. Then we had tea at the Picture Ho. + saw the films. I came out by the 6 train. I thought Molly decidedly better mentally. She has become very stout. Miss Forsyth says she is far from right. I prescribed “Metona” + Casc. Evac.5 It was a lovely sunny morning but foggy in town.

1 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

2 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

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

4 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married (much to Dr Muir’s disapproval) Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 at Newington, Edinburgh

5 Assume Casc. or Cascara Evac. a mild laxative from the plant Rhamnus purshiana marketed by Parke, Davis & Co., now part of Pfizer

[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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