4 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Exactly the same weather: dull + cold till about noon + after that clear sky and brilliant sunshine but with the sharp N.E. + E. wind. I was very busy from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. with 3/4 of an hour for tea. Saw some 23 patients in town + Ettrickhaugh besides Bridgelands + Bowhill. Had to arrange for Miss Davidson1 to leave Viewfield2 as she is getting suicidal. ‘Phoned D.3 to meet her in Edinburgh + take her to Saughton4. Mrs Mack5 took Dora6 + Crissie7 to the Picture House.

1 Miss Davidson is not (yet) identified

2 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital

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

4 Mavisbank House near Loanhead, Midlothian, converted in 1876 into a lunatic asylum and renamed New Saughton Hall in recognition of the asylum’s previous site at Saughtonhall, Gorgie, where Saughton Park is today

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

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

7 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

[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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