17 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Much nicer day. Sharp frost, clear crisp + sunny. Foggier at night. Including second visits, an operation at Viewfield (Mrs Forsyth1, Ettrick Shaws = Paget’s disease of nipple2) + Essenside. I saw 40 cases. Willie3 collapsed with flue and Thomson (Charlie Roberts’ man4) in the S.S.5 to Essenside. He had to stop for snow at E. Essenside6 + I walked the rest. I was seeing cases till 8 + let the consulting hour go. Flue [sic] spreading. Baptie7 better.

1 Mrs Forsyth was Elizabeth Little Forsyth née Little (1854-1922), widow of John Forsyth; born 1854, at Applegarth and Sibbaldbie, Dumfriesshire, daughter of Peter Little and Jessie [Janet at daughter’s baptism] Little née Lockerbie, married 1854 at Hutton and Corrie, Lockerbie, she died, 26 September 1922 at Kirkhope Cottage, Ettrick, aged 69, of “Paget’s disease of the nipple with Carcinomatious infiltration of the beast” certified by “D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B.” [sources: parents’ marriage, Little, Peter and Lockerbie, Jess, FR155 (FR155), 06/01/1854, 831/20 54, Hutton and Corrie; Elizabeth’s birth, 06/08/1854, 813/A, 20 30, Applegarth and Sibbaldbie; and her death, 1922, 776/ 7, Kirkhope]

2 Paget’s disease of the nipple, also known as Paget’s disease of the breast, is a rare condition associated with breast cancer. It causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the area of darker skin surrounding the nipple (areola). It’s usually a sign of breast cancer in the tissue behind the nipple [Overview: Paget’s disease of the nipple]

3 Willie is unidentified

4 Thomson, Charlie Roberts’ man, cannot be readily identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published

5 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer; the Muir & Graham partnership had run their Straker Squire since at least early 1919

6 John Sim Wilson and James Wilson, farmers, were tenants at Easter Essenside, Ashkirk, a little distance short of Wester Essenside (and both just west of the road from Ashkirk to Esdaile Law and beyond) where Dr Muir had been attending the Heard family

7 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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