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

Again fair all day up to 5 p.m. + then some rain. It was a lovely clear sunny morning + forenoon + Ettrick looked its very best as I motored to Craighill to see Mrs Anderson1. I got back just as the Church was coming out. David2 came up at 3 + we spent some time going over books, accounts +c. I was not at church at all. Dora3 was not feeling well with her old post-dysenteric symptoms + was also stung on the neck by a wasp.

1 Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson, had a baby on 1 August 1921 at Craighill, Ettrick; the wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, they had married 7 March 1919, at Ettrick

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

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, worked as a nurse, on the southern edge of the Balkan campaigns during the First World War, in Salonika (Thessaloniki – Θεσσαλονίκη), Greece; on Friday 10 December 1915 Dr Muir noted “Letter from Dora. She is in Hospital with dysentery.”, again on Monday 23 October 1916 “Got a letter from Miss Bilton, Matron of No 28 Gen Hosp to say that Dora was down again with dysentery but not seriously.” and finally on Tuesday 24 October “Was relieved to get a letter from Dora dated 12th (just two days after Miss Biltons) in which she writes quite cheerfully & expects to get to Malta to convalesce.” which she did, via Egypt

[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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