13 August 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Slates wet this morning but there was no rain all day and in the afternoon the sun came out as it has not done for several days. ESE + mild … all night. Walked to Wellwood1 + Hospital where I took 6 swabs + sent them away2. Got the records finished at last + up to date. Got call from Shankland3 who knocked over the cyclist4 at Fairnilee. The latter’s temp. was up to 100.4 tonight.

1 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace was the home of the Robert’s family

2 Selkirk was suffering a nasty outbreak of Diphtheria And Scarlet Fever and Dr Muir is taking swabs for testing

3 Wilfred Lees had been hit and injured by a car, driven by Mrs Shankland, at Fairnilea on 11 August 1921, he is unidentified

4 Dugald Cowan Shankland (1870-1941), ship owner, and sometime of Whinfield, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire had hit and injured a young man Wilfred Lees whilst driving at Fairnilea on 11 August 1921; Lees’ identity was finally revealed at the trial of Dugald Cowan Shankland for a motoring offence which was reported in the Southern Reporter of 15 December 1921, he was Wilfred Lees junior (1900-1942), a plumber, born Preston, Lancashire the son of Wilfred Lees and Alice Lees née Wilding who had married March Quarter 1890, and was on a motorbike holiday when a collision took place at Fairnilee with Shankland’s car, Lees died April Quarter 1942 but whether his injuries contributed to his relatively early death is not known [birth, Dec 1900, Preston 8e 521; parents’ marriage, Mar 1890, Preston 8e 716]

[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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