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

S.W. gale + heavy rain. Ettrick in flood + red: Tweed clear. Not much rain in Edin. Saw a town list walking + motored to Gala to catch the 1.15 to Edin. via Peebles. Looked in at the Picture House for a few minutes: bought a respirator at D. T. & Co. for Bella1 + attended meeting of Branch Council at B.M.A. room 6, Portland Square. Was in the chair till Graham Brown2 arrived. Playfair3, Stevens, the treasurer, another man, McRobert4, Hensler [?], + Chiene [?]5. Got some food at Picture Ho. About 6.30 + saw pictures till train time.

1 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

2 Assume John James Graham Brown (1853-1925), M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.E., author of ‘Medical Diagnosis, A Manual of Clinical Methods’, 1884

3 Perhaps John Playfair (1849-1933), M.B., FRCPEd., MDEd., clinician, lecturer and sometime consulting physician to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

4 Conceivably Peter Carmichael Macrobert (1870-1949), medical practitioner, at Waverley Road, Innerleithen, 1920 Valuation Roll

5 If the Editor’s reading is correct this is Professor John ‘Honest John’ Chiene (1843-1923), M.D., P.R.C.S.Ed., surgeon, Professor of Surgery at Edinburgh University from 1882-1909, who instituted a small laboratory at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for the examination of pathological and bacteriological specimens and was a pioneer of the Edinburgh Ambulance Service [Source: John Chiene (1842-1923) Sportsman & PRCSEd © Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library & Archive 2009]

[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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