21 March 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A nice day on the whole with just a threatening of drizzle about midday which prevented me cycling but need not have done so as it kept quite fair. Wind W. David1 saw Douglas Ballantyne2 with me + diagnosed “Dementia Praecox”3. + I saw Miss Martin4, Glebe Terrace at his request with well marked religious melancholia. Motored to Bowhill, Bluecairn + Oakwood. In the afternoon made out list of Panel Patients who have been attended this year. Helen went with Jack, Nancy + Barbara5 motoring to to the meet at Melking Minto + then via Belses6 to Cornhill + Melkington7.

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

2 Douglas Ballantyne is not identified

3 The term used from 1896 to describe that condition which would later be known as schizophrenia

4 Miss Martin is unidentified

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and his eldest granddaughter respectively

6 Old Belses and New Belses, Ancrum, approximately centred on grid reference NGR NT571,250

7 Melkington, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, grid reference NGR NT873,411

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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