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

A very hot sultry day. I left at 5.30 + cycled up to Scaurneuk, found Mrs Geddes1 easier. Helped D.2 at 2 ops. = Mrs Wight3, Thirlestane P. S. (whom he suspected to have ectopic cyst but it turned out a twisted appendix), + a boy of Jonny [?] Palfrey4 t. + a [tonsils and adenoids]. Hired from Bryson5 + took the 4 girls to Smailholm Castle + back by Bemersyde Hill where we had tea. Very enjoyable run which I actually did with a thin shirt, no semmitte6, no waistcoat + no overcoat! Dav. ran into Ed. [Edinburgh] at night to see Norah7 who has had a M.C.8

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

2 Geddes Scaurneuk, Yarrow, 1921 John Geddes, shepherd, 1922 onwards then, Mrs Margaret Geddes nee Graham (about 1855-), were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow; John had died 29 August 1921, at Scaurneuk, Yarrow, aged 78 and she was born about 1855, supposedly at Libberton, Lanarks [1921! 779/1 2, Yarrow; 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- ]

3 Mrs Wight is Sarah Jane Forrest Anderson (1887-1937), born Courhope aka Cour Hope, Eddleston, Peeblesshire and formerly of Brownrig, North Berwick, had married 6 December 1912 at Selkirk Manse, William Wight, Police Constable, of the Police Station, Thirlestane, Ettrick [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/314, Selkirk County, page 314 of 611; marriage, 1912, 778/ 48, Selkirk

4 The Palfrey family had moved to Selkirk from Tillycoultry, Clacks, but it has been extremely difficult to identify the individuals referred to here as Palfrey and child

5 Bryson later Croall, Bryson & Co. Ltd., Municipal Garage, High Street, motor dealers

6 Semmit, n. Also sem(m)et, se(a)mit, semmad (Cai.). A man’s (or ‡woman’s) undershirt or vest, usu. of wool or flannel (m. and s.Sc. 1869 Athenaeum (13 March) 382, Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 352; Gall. 1904 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. [Dictionar o the Scots Leid]

7 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

8 M.C. is an abbreviation occasionally used by Dr Muir but its context has never made it possible to identify the condition referred to

[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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