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

Another delightful day: mild, calm + some sunshine S.E. [wind] Sent a lot of the patients out.1 Did a town list walking up till 2.45 + after tea motored in town + to Yair + Sund. Hall Lodge. Baptie2 dropped me in Market Place at 6.15 + I saw cases till 7.30 + so escaped the Consultation crowd3. Letter from Dora4, the first since she went to Trinity5 more than a month ago. Robt Lamb the barber died today6.

1 The Editors suspects this may be from the Infectious Diseases Hospital

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

3 It is interesting that Dr Muir finds the consultations so unsatisfactory

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

5 It is not clear where Trinity might be, though Dora last left Dr Muir on the 2 January 1922, with her sister Jean and her friend Boyack, but no destination was mentioned at that time

6 Robert Lamb, hairdresser, died 31 January 1922, aet 71, at 3 Tower Street, Selkirk, of Chronic Nephritis of unknown duration, certified by John S Muir M.B.; he was the son of James Lamb, hand loom weaver, and Elizabeth Lamb née Hardie, and was married twice, to Jane Stevenson (died 1912) and Eliza Jane Colledge [first marriage, 1875, 778/ 35, Selkirk; first wife’s death, 1912, 778/ 11, Selkirk; second marriage, 1914, 685/5 173, Newington; and death, 1922, 778/ 14, Selkirk]

[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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