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

Some hoar frost again + sunny for a short time but cloudy + dull all day after + a bitterly cold E strong E wind an the whole conditions suggestive of snow. Dust flying in clouds. Saw a few cases + met Dav. + Fordyce1 at the Home at 10.45 when the latter did a coporrhaphy [sic2] on Mrs Linton3 + Dav. on Mrs Cockburn4 a widow in The Glebe. [text deleted] After tea I cycled to General’s Bridge, Beechwood + Bleachfield Road. Got a present of lovely 1/2 dozen trout from Jas. Buckham. Got ‘Phone from Henderland that Polly5 was “Nae Naur”.

1 Assume William Fordyce (1863-1941), M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed., F.R.C.O.G., consulting gynaecologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

2 Assume Colporrhaphy

3 Not identified; there is a number of women called Linton who could be referred to here

4 Mrs Elizabeth Cockburn née Elliott (about 1872-), widow, was Tenant of a house and garden at The Glebe, Selkirk; she was the widow of Serjeant John Simpson Cockburn, Service Number: 12220, 9th Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, died 14 August 1916, aged 43 and buried Berwick-upon-Tweed Cemetery, grave reference CA. U. 1120; they had married March Quarter 1898 at Berwick [10b 604] and he was the son of James and Margaret Cockburn, of Ness Street, Berwick-on-Tweed, husband of Elizabeth Elliott Cockburn, of 9 Glebe Terrace, Selkirk and his brother Corporal Andrew Cockburn, who also died 1916, is buried at the same location [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/222, Selkirk Burgh, page 222 of 644; https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/658230/JOHN%20SIMPSON%20COCKBURN/%5D

5 Polly is presumably Mary Mitchell (about 1888-), see diary entry for 8 April 1921, but the meaning of the comment is unclear

[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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