4 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still wet but not so bad as yesterday. Fair today but misty + damp. Made 14 town calls + motored to Newtown for a meeting of the Branch1 at which Dr Easson2 gave a very interesting lecture on Goitre3. I didn’t stay to tea as Alexr Roberts4 had asked me to dinner at the Forest Club5. However in David’s6 absence at Williamhope7 I had to go to Howford Cottage to see Mrs Tait8 + missed the dinner. Jock9 went back to school + so Wellwood10 is empty.

1 The local meeting of the Edinburgh Branch of the British Medical Association

2 John Eason (1874-1964), M.B., C.M., M.D., F.R.C.P. Edin. was a specialist in goitre at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

3 Goitre is swelling of the thyroid gland

4 Assume Alexander Thomas ‘Alec’ Roberts (1885-1972), son of Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts and Hyndmer Rutherford Roberts née Crawford

5 This dinner of the Forest Club, held 4 October 1921 at Selkirk, is recorded in the minutes of that club held at the Heritage Hub; those present were C H [Charles Henry] Scott Plummer, John Scott, C W [Charles Walter] Dunlop, A S Pringle Pattison, S [Samuel] Strang Steel, A J [Alexander Thomas ‘Alec’] Roberts, Walter Dunlop jun., William Younger, J B [? James Bruce] Jardine, D M [Douglas Monro] Ramsay, N S [Norman Smith] Pringle Pattison, Wm C [? William Claxton] Dundas and apologies from Major Forbes Gordon but no mention of Dr Muir presumably reflecting his absence at short notice [The Forest Club, minutes 1874-1956, Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/584/4]

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

7 Williamhope, Caddonfoot

8 Assume Agnes Tait née Doherty, wife of Robert Tait, ploughman, who had a daughter Helen, 10 January 1921, at Howford Cottage, Kirkhope [birth 776/ 2 Kirkhope]

9 John ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), one of Dr Muir’s grandsons

10 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk was the home of the Roberts family comprising Dr Muir’s daughter Nancy, her husband John and their children

[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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