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

Change to fresh again + rain all forenoon. The slush was awful + I had to change my stockings + shoes twice. At night there were signs of frost again. I had a town list of 23 representing some 45 patients. I walked it all, first Tower Street, Backrow, Forest Road, Muthag Street, Dunsdale, Hospital + Mavisbank: then to Lauriston (chiefly to gas about Jim1) + finally to Croft Terrace, Tait’s Hill + Hill Street. Palfrey2 was here twice to have his bladder emptied.

1 It is still not evident who Jim was at (or connected with) Lauriston; the 1921 Census returns may make it clearer in due course

2 Charles Alexander Palfrey (1852-1923), woollen dyer, sometime of Broomfield, Selkirk; the son of Thomas Palfrey and Isabella ‘Ella’ Harrower, born 1852, Alva, Clackmannanshire [18/06/1852, 470/30 157, Alva]

[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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