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

A day of incessant heavy rain which began between 9 + 10 continued till 8 p.m. The wind (very slight) was NE. I motored to Hospital, Buccleuch Road + Scaurneuk where I found Jo. Geddes1 sinking + they ‘Phoned in the afternoon that he died at 1.50. I got a message then to John Mitchell2, Mount Benger + went on. Dora3 has been complaining for a few days of her old dysenteric pains. They were better but returned today.

1 John Geddes, shepherd, of Scaurneuk, Yarrow, died 29 August 1921, aged 78 [1921, 779/1 2, Yarrow]; he had been Proprietor Occupier of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611] and his wife Margaret Geddes née Graham (about 1855-1937), was Proprietor Occupier 1922 onwards (she was born about 1855, supposedly at Libberton, Lanarks, and died 1937 at Dunsyre, Lanarkshire 78)

2 John Hume Mitchell (about 1883-1940) farmer, was tenant of various properties at Mountbenger and Bengerburnhope, Yarrow [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/389, Selkirk County, page 389 of 611]

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter had dysentery during the Salonica Campaign in 1915-16 – see diary entry for 28 August 1921

[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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