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

This morning was still wet + blowy but got less so after midday. It remained dull however + there was no sunshine. Mild. Motored in the town + to Oakwood. Mr Linton1 much better + down stairs. In afternoon went over to Viewfield + selected some instruments to show the class. Gave my last lecture on various points in the patient to be observed by the nurse such as the position + expression of the patient, cough, expectoration, faeces, urine, pulse +c. Showed them how to examine urine + test for albumen. Helen + Nancy2 walked to Kirklea3 + back.

1 Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Manor, Peeblesshire and latterly of Oakwood, Selkirk

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and he eldest daughter Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

3 Assume Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets and his wife Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965)

[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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