5 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair dry sunny day. S.W. breeze. Very little doing. Dav.1 away all day. Saw 7 cases (including Hospital + Sunderland Hall Lodge) cycling + at 12 got message from Mauldsheugh2 to see a boy Carrick, Midlemburn3 who had got his foot cut in a mowing machine. I hurried over + found it a very trifling cut on ant. malleolus4. Wrote at my annual Hospital report. Before dinner cycled to Hosp. to see a child Smith5 whom Matron thought ill + called for Lizzie Goodfellow6. I thought of cycling to Foulden tomorrow.

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

2 Mauldsheugh, Selkirk was Dr Graham’s home and the medical partnership’s surgery

3 Gavin Dryden was the proprietor occupier at Midlemburn, Bowden but one Thomas Carrick was inhabitant occupier at Newhall, also Bowden; they are too far apart to be confused but it is certainly possible that a person from one was helping with mowing (harvesting) at the other

4 The malleolus refers either to the lateral or medial bumps on the sides of the ankle

5 The child Smith is unidentified

6 Lizzie Goodfellow is probably Elizabeth Goodfellow (1857-1935), at Dovecot Cottages, Selkirk [1911 Census] and later at Chapel Street [1925 census]; she appears to have died at the Lunatic Asylum at Melrose in 1935

[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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