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

A rather nice day + warmer than it has been since Saturday. I Willie [?] Linton1 came down about his father2 + I went up early to find he has haematemesis3 again. Saw him at night when it was going on + he was very weak. Cycled there in forenoon + returned by Philiphaugh + Ashybank all the trees on the right side of the river below Colin’s Bridge are now cut down. Drew £120 from M. & G.4 Letter from Jean5. Dora6 + Peter7 went up to Oakwood with me in the evening. Mrs Leslie8 has got the [illegible]. Bessie Nichol9, Oakhurst has sub-acute rheum.

1 If the reading of the text is correct then the Editor assumes this is William Thomson Linton (1879–1961), born Glenrath, Manor, Peeblesshire

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

3 A helpful reader has suggested that the Editor’s reading is incorrect and that Mr Linton was in fact suffering from haematemesis – vomiting blood

4 M. & G. was the Muir & Graham medical co-partnership signed in 1920

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

6 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

7 Peter Muir Spurgeon Allen (1914-2005), was at Thorncroft, Selkirk, aged 7 in the 1921 Census [taken 19 June 1921], born 4 June 1914, Chorlton [Lancashire], the son of the Reverend Willoughby xx Allen and Catherine Ellen Allen neeGreen; a head teacher (retired), he died 16 February 2005 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Hope Cottage, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian.

8 Lizzie Davidson Leslie née Douglas (1887-1941), wife of Robert Vair Leslie, warehouseman and tenant at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk; they had married 1912 at Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644; birth 1887, 778/ 73, Selkirk; marriage 1912, 778/ 28, Selkirk]

9 Elizabeth Dodds ‘Bessie’ Nichol née Elliot (1875-????), of Oakhurst, Viewfield Park, Selkirk, wife of John S Nichol, mill manager [Elliot, Elizabeth Dodds, 1902, 803/ 2, Roxburgh]

[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

3 thoughts on “23 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I think haematosis is actually haematemesis, vomiting blood. I saw a few cases at Peel Hospital when it was usually associated with liver disease. It can be fatal.
    Many thanks for your hard work on the diaries. Absolutely fascinating.


    1. Would you mind if I asked you a question? I have a Dr Muir entry “Was called down after breakfast to Mrs Jo. Young (Ella Palfrey1), Glebe Terrace who was threatened with a M.C. Saw her again at 12.30 + 7.” What would an M.C. be please? Paul


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