21 December 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

To Edinburgh at meeting of the Scott. Rural Sub-Commttee1.1 Went in by 10.29. It was quite fresh + the snow completely gone but it poured all day. Ettrick in flood. In Edinburgh it was a beastly day of wind + rain. Went out to Lutton Street2 + got Dora3. Took the great coat to Meeks4 to be altered. Saw Jean5 at the shop. Went back with Dora to H. & I.6 about silver watch + to [illegible] where I bought a tea cosy for Mrs Mack7. Called for the Glendinnings8 at N. Charlotte Street9. Went to the meeting at 2. Martine10 of Haddington in chair. Got cup of tea there [and then] went to the Picture House till 5.30. Bought a box of chocs. for the children + came out at 6. Present at the meeting Craig11, Pathead [sic], McDiarmid12, Kippen: Drever13, Martine: Dewar14: Douglas15, Cupar, Burgess16, Stanley, + Bryson17, Thornhill.

1 Scottish Rural Practitioners’ Sub-Committee of the British Medical Association (B.M.A.)

2 Actually Lutton Place, Newington, where Jean Muir’s husband Frederick Charles Pike had died, just off South Clerk Street and parallel with East Preston Street

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

4 Perhaps William Meek, tailor, who was Proprietor of a shop at 56 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh [1925 Valuation Roll, VR010000502-/21, Edinburgh Burgh, page 21 of 307]

5 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

6 Hamilton & Inches, celebrated Edinburgh silversmiths

7 Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

8 The Glendinnings have not been identified

9 Considering their location on the edge of the Moray Estate on the western edge of Edinburgh New Town, there is what seems to the Editor to be a rather desultory listing on ‘British Listed Buildings’ of the properties at the junction of North Charlotte Street and Queen Street, Edinburgh [Listing Date: 3 March 1966, Category: A, Source: Historic Scotland, Source ID: 369609, Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29574 and at Canmore ID: 115055 Edinburgh, 5, 6 North Charlotte Street]

10 William Robert Martine (1871-1956), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, of Haddington, East Lothian, sometime Chair of the Scottish Rural Practitioners Sub-Committee and President of the Edinburgh Branch of the B.M.A., 1923-24 [“Dr. W. R. Martine.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 4995, BMJ, 1956, pp. 773–773, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20359437.%5D

11 Robert William Craig (1880-1952), medical practitioner, was at the Surgery, Pathhead (Crichton Parish, Midlothian), 1920 and 1925 Valuation Rolls; presumably the same Robert William Craig (1880-1952), medical practitioner (physician), who was elected F.R.S.E. on 6 March 1944 [Source: Former RSE Fellows 1783-2002]

12 Duncan MacDiarmid, sometimes M’Diarmid (1862-1938), medical practitioner, born 1862, Killin, Proprietor of a house ‘Oakbank’, Kippen, 1925 Valuation Roll, died April 1938, aet 77, at Park Terrace, Stirling, usual residence Kirkhill, Kippen, Stirlingshire [Sources: 1925 Valuation Roll, VR011900069-/64, Stirling County, page 64 of 788; burial, Kippen Cemetery, Kippen, Stirlingshire, Stirling Council Records Stirling Council Records Surnames H-M.

13 James Richan Drever (1873-1956), medical practitioner and administrator, M.A., M.B., F.R.C.P.Ed., born Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, M.A., 1893, M.B., C.M. (Glasgow), 1906, Scottish Medical Secretary of the B.M.A., 1919- [“J. R. Drever, M.A., M.B., F.R.C.P.Ed. Late Scottish Medical Secretary, British Medical Association.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 3772, BMJ, 1933, pp. 725–26, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25351306.%5D

14 There are a few possible matches for Dewar in the Medical Directory 1920 with perhaps the best match being Thomas Finlayson Dewar (1866-1929), C.B. who had a wide experience of public health including at the Local Government Board Edinburgh around 1920 [see The Medical Directory 1920]

15 Charles Edward Douglas (about 1856-1943), LL.D., M.D., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, born Cannanore, South India, M.B. (Edinburgh), 1877, D.P.H., 1894, served in the South African and First World Wars, in general practice and sometime Medical Officer of Health, Cupar, Fife with long-time involvement in the B.M.A. [Sources: “C. E. Douglas, LL.D., M.D., F.R.C.S.Ed.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 4332, BMJ, 1944, pp. 99–100, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20344289 and death, 1943, 453/ 122, St Andrews and St Leonards]

16 Robert Burgess (about 1872-1943), M.B., C.M. (Aberdeen); in medical practice at Stanley, Perthshire, medical officer for Kinclaven and Moneydie and joint medical officer for Auchtergaven, joined the B.M.A. in 1900, sometimes representing his Division and President of the Perth Branch 1922-24 [Sources: “[Dr. Robert Burgess].” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 4320, BMJ, 1943, pp. 530–530, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20327575. and death, Stanley, 1943, 393/B 12]

17 Mungo Bryson (about 1869-1941), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at 129 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, Morton, Dumfriesshire, his roles included Medical Officer for Upper Nithsdale Combination Poorhouse, Medical Officer for the Scottish Education Department and Secretary of the Local Medical and Panel Committee of Dumfriesshire, a ledger, 1894-1936, from his medical practice is held at Archives of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow [Sources: 1925 Valuation Roll, VR009700053- xxx xxx; Archive Collection Dr Mungo Bryson MB, CM; death, 1941, 685/7 936, Morningside]

[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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