22 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Snow lying again but soon melted. Hills very white. No fall + a good deal of sunshine. Breakfasted before 8 + motored to Lilliesleaf to do a parish case which David1 should have got yesterday. Birrell2 sent a message + I ‘Phoned it to the P.O. where Dav. was to call but they forgot to give it. Did the town walking both forenoon + afternoon. Flue [sic] much diminished. Wrote Rennie3 that I am going down on 7th prox.4 I had a most severe + uncomfortable Coryza + soaked 4 or 5 handkerchiefs. I still have the cough + expectoration in the morning which usually follow my colds.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 Andrew Birrell (about 1857-1950), schoolteacher, at Lilliesleaf, 1891 Census and in VRs 1891-1940; born Monimail, Fife, he married 1882, Catherine ‘Kate’ Smith and had children Christina Maggie Birrell (1884-1971) and Andrew Smith Birrell (1886-1917), both born Lesmahagow, Lanarks. Birrell was described as ‘headmaster’, 1921 VR [sources: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/556, Roxburgh County, Page 556 of 993; Christina’s death, 1971, 451/ 21, Newport On Tay]

3 It was the birthday of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and widower of Catherine Stewart Muir, thus Dr Muir’s brother in law; living at Prestwick, Ayrshire

4 Proximo, “in or during the next or coming month”, from Latin proximus next

[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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