11 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Brilliant cloudless morning followed by a dull, dour cold day with slight E. wind. Cycled to Curror Street + Hospital where I took a lot of swabs1 + brought them up to Beattie2 to send to Kennedy3. Then I cycled to Forest Road, Beechwood (out), Fauldshope + (via Middlestead), Haining, Henhouse where Willie Laidlaw4 has got the turn. Went over to Gala to Henderson5 + met him, Oliver6 + Somerville7 re the Branch meeting on the 26th June. On my way back got a puncture of back tyre at the Boleside road end + had to walk home. It was raining at night. David8 looked in9.

1 Swabs for Diphtheria tests

2 Assume Thomas Beattie, Burgh Surveyor at the Surveyor’s Office, Municipal Offices, High Street, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/256, Selkirk Burgh, page 256 of 644]

3 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924

4 William Braid Laidlaw (1902-1985), whom Dr Muir had been attending for what may have been Diphtheria; the son of John Laidlaw, saw miller, and Agnes Laidlaw née Taylor, brother of John Laidlaw (1904-) and Robert Braid Laidlaw (1906-), all living at Henhouse, The Haining, Selkirk at the 1911 Census

5 Percy James Henderson (1871-1935), M.B., CM (Ed.), 1896, medical practitioner, at Church Street, Galashiels in 1920

6 Assume Matthew James Oliver (1863-1951), M.B., C.M., D.P.H., Medical Officer of Health for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire

7 James William Somerville (1866-1934), medical practitioner at Galashiels, son of Robert Somerville (about 1835-1905)

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

9 Because of Dr Muir’s hurried punctuation the Editor has had to make editorial choices and this seems to be the best interpretation.

[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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