8 April 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Heavy hoar frost: Annular eclipse of Sun1: splendid unclouded day. Gave John Brydon2 Chlor[oform] + David opened his Whitlow extensively. Saw a few town cases walking. Began to make out quarterly accounts. Message at 5.15 to Polly Mitchell, Henderland3. Motored up in 54 minutes. Did first 9 miles in 30 m + the second in 24 minutes. Polly had slight flue. Came down in 56 m. Keen drying E wind. Dust thick on roads.

1 This was a partial solar eclipse visible (92.04% coverage of Sun) with a magnitude of 0.9453: its duration at Selkirk was 2 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds (Partial begins: 8 Apr 1921, 08:41:37 / Maximum: 8 Apr 1921, 09:52:30 / Partial ends: 8 Apr 1921, 11:08:51 – times shown in local time BST) [Source: http://www.timeanddate.com]

2 John Brydon may be the joiner of Fleshmarket Street or the librarian at Selkirk Library

3 James Mitchell senior and James Mitchell junior were tenants at Henderland Farm, Yarrow [1925 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/549, Selkirk County, page 549 of 611]; at the 1911 Census the family at Henderland [Megget] was James Mitchell senior, farmer, and his wife Margaret and their children James, Mary [perhaps Polly], Andrew, Isabella and Eliza.

[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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