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

Kept my room again unwashed up much of the day working away at the Summary cards1 + got them finished at night. I am resolved to keep the records more systematically + have utilised my old “Index Rerum Medicarum” 2 for the purpose. Dora3 + Boyack4 came at 7.30 + we saw the New Year in with a pint of champagne which I got some time ago from Mrs Mack5. It was a lovely bright morning + forenoon but got wet + windy at night.

1 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnership had changed its administration and Dr Muir was undertaking onerous work on record cards which included the so-called Summary cards

2 Index rerum means index of things (genitive pl. of Latin ‘Res’ meaning thing or object) so this will be Dr Muir’s old medical index

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

4 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora Muir’s who stayed with the family from 3rd to 31st August 1920; they have known one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, whose generosity was such that her home was known by Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

Published by


Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s