9 June 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Bright calm morning: dull in afternoon. Wind E. to S.E. Cooler: some very slight showers. Frank, Dorothy, Diana + Margt1 left for home intending to stay tonight at Penrith. I have enjoyed their visit very much. I saw a few town cases + cycled to Hospital + to Lower + Upper Faldonside. Jessie Boyd2 + I looked up the plates in Sowerby’s E.B.3 I spotted the plant from White Coomb4 as Cornus suecica a dwarf cornel; one of 2 species in the order Cornaceae5, the other being a shrub Dogwood. Mrs Tulloch6 a nurse who was with Mrs Muir Stewart7 when I attended her 14 years ago at Galashiels came to tea. She has been with Mrs Thorburn8. Dora’s9 friend Brown10 arrived.

1 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir, Dr Muir’s son-in-law, Dorothy Muir née Armitage, Frank’s wife and their two daughters Diana Marianne Muir, later Greener and Margaret Helen Muir, later Greener

2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

3 James Sowerby ‘English Botany’ usually known as ‘Sowerby’s Botany’ and described as “English Botany or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms and Places of Growth”, it was published between 1790 and 1814 with a second edition 1831 to 1846

4 Nancy Roberts née Muir, Dr Muir’s second daughter, had found a plant which Dr Muir did not recognise at White Coomb in the Moffat Hills, see diary entry for 8 June 1922

5 Mrs Tulloch is not yet identified

6 Mrs Muir Stewart is not yet identified

7 Cornus suecica a dwarf cornel; one of two species in the order Cornaceae

8 This may refer to Mary Alison Thorburn née Brodie, wife of Malcolm Murray Thorburn (1889-1977), manufacturer and sometime soldier, at Dandswall, Shawpark Road, 1921 Valuation Roll

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

10 Dora’s friend Brown is unidentified

[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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