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

Foggy + damp but not so wet as yesterday. I had a very bad attack of Dyspepsia + would fain have kept in the house but Dav.1 wanted me to go to Hawick with Wilfred Lees2 to get his leg X rayed + after seeing some cases motoring I went to Hawick in the motor ambulance. It was very interesting to see the process + the apparatus of X ray work3. Boyack4 left this morning + Baptie5 took her down to the station.

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

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

2 FAIN, adj.1, Sc. usages of Eng. fain. [fe:n Sc.], adj. 1. Glad, pleased; happy, content. [Source: ‘Dictionars o the Scots Leid’]

3 It is a measure of the pace of adoption of X rays (a technology that gained wide use during the First World War*) in local medical practice that this was Dr Muir’s first experience of the equipment and process of X rays [* Medical Applications of X Rays by Otha W Linton]

4 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora Muir’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

[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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