13 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

I had one of my curious fits or faints this morng + while standing at the basin feeling rather sick suddenly woke to find myself on the floor

A miserable day of dyspepsia which made the atmospheric coldness much more marked. There were no more than a few drops of rain + it was sunny in the afternoon. N.E. David1 had a confinement2 during the night at Abbotsferry Station3 + looked in at breakfast before going to Ed. [Edinburgh]. I saw some town cases walking + motored to Oakwood + Fairnilea. I thought Mr Linton4 a shade better. Boylan5 was in at tea. I had to get a fire in the dining room in the evening. Ralph Dees6 came + spent the afternoon with Peter7.

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

2 Samuel John McLachlan, born 13 June 1921 at Station House, Abbotsford Ferry Station, Galashiels, son of William John McLachlan, ships plater, domicile 7 Hill Street, Greenock, and Mary McLachlan née Elder, married 10 December 1920 at St Giles, Edinburgh

3 Abbotsferry Station was on the N.B.R. Selkirk Branch line at Boleside also Boldside, above the Ettrick Water and opposite Faldonside House, see Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet VIII.10, published 1899

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

5 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk

6 Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988), son of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson; the family had been occupiers at Faldonside since early 1920 but Phyllis Mary Dees his sister had died 2 December 1920 after a prolonged illness, the consequence of a car accident

7 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

[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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