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

A good day on the whole with a strong W wind + one or two slight showers in the evening. Saw a few town cases + cycled to Essenside1 to see Mrs Walt. Currie2: then to Hospital where I sent a boy Smith3 with either Diphth. or Scarlet + Lunn4 (Menzies5 locum) sent a case of Scarlet. Did some writing in afternoon + was going to evening service when I got a message to Smith6, Backrow.

1 Wester Essenside, Ashkirk, grid reference NGR NT441,202, see footnote 2

2 Walter ‘Walt’ Currie (fl.1921), ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1920 and 1921 Valuation Rolls 1921 VR011700009-/303, Selkirk County, page 303 of 611] and his wife may be Isabella Currie née Hogg of Grahamslaw, Eckford, who married a Walter Currie, farm servant, at Melrose, 1908

3 This identity may be revealed in due course, see also footnote 5

4 Richard Fraser Lunn (1881-1956), L.R.C.P. & S., L.R.F.P.S., medical practitioner, he later practised in Newcastle upon Tyne

5 James Morris Menzies (1871-1926), M.B., Ch.M., M.D., medical practitioner, of Ettrick Lodge, Selkirk

6 There are several Smith households in Backrow, Selkirk in the 1921 Valuation Roll but the identity may become clearer in due course

[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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