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

A dull pleasant day with a few drops of rain in the morning + a shower from 3 to 5 but not enough. First rain of any consequence since June 8th. I [illegible] Robert Tait1, Goslaw Green, before he went off to the Deaconess Hospital2. David3 came in at 10 + we went over all the cases +c. I cycled out to Sprot Homes4 + then ran round by Clarilaw + Bowden Toll to Lindean + Bridgelands. I was pretty hot when I got home but there was not a burning sun like some days lately.

1 Robert Tait, powerloom tuner, was tenant at No. 1 Goslaw Green [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/224, Selkirk Burgh, page 224 of 644]

2 In 1888 the Very Reverend Professor A H Charteris sought and was given the approval of the General Assembly for a scheme for the organisation of women’s work in the Church. The Deaconess Hospital was opened in 1894 as the second building for his project, providing practical training in nursing for Deaconesses, each of whom spent a year there as part of her training, and they could if they chose become fully qualified nurses through a further three years in the hospital’s Nurses’ Training School [Source: Lothian Hospital Histories Deaconess Hospital accessed 9 June 2021]

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

4 Sprot Homes refers to the homes provided at Lilliesleaf by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

[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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