27 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was knocked up at 6 to see Tommy Scott1, Mavisbank with Haemoptysis2. There had evidently been a little fine snow which had melted. At 6 p.m. there was a heavy fall which left terrible slush. N.E. [wind] And. Brown3 died at Viewfield + little Tibby Scott4 of Langhope of Diph. at the Hospital. Made 15 calls walking in forenoon + after lunch motored to Hospital, Bridgelands, Faldonside (Ralph Dees5 + Maycock6), Peelburnfoot, Linglie Cottages, Bannerfield Lodge7 + Philipburn. Letter from Norah8 to say D. has been ill since he arrived in London with Tonsillitis. Crowd at night from 6 till 8.10. Helen9 at Pictures with Wallace10.

1 Tommy Scott, Mavisbank has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Haemoptysis is coughing up blood

3 Andrew Stirling Brown, draper, died 27 March 1922 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, usual residence 26 Glebe Terrace, Selkirk, aged 59, of pulmonary tuberculosis 2 months certified by “John S Muir M.B. +c”

4 Isabella Laidlaw ‘Tibby’ Scott, aged 9, died 27 March 1922 at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence Langhope, Kirkhope, of Diphtheria 8 days certified by “John S Muir M.B. +c”; she was the daughter of Thomas Scott, farmer, and Jessie Scott née Anderson [birth, 1912, 776/ 10, Kirkhope; death, 1922, 778/ 35, Selkirk]

5 Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988), son of Robert Irwin Dees and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson; the family had been occupiers at Faldonside since early 1920

6 Dr Muir had previously attended Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

7 Francis Smithson Roberts was Proprietor of Bannerfield Lodge and John Clark, chauffeur was the Inhabitant Occupier not rated [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/329, Selkirk County, page 329 of 611]

8 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

9 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters

10 Perhaps Miss Wallace who had been nurse to the Roberts children, Dr Muir’s grandchildren [see diary entries for 6 April 1915, 22 October 1916 and 7 April 1918] who may be Agnes Wallace but she has not (yet) been identified

[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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