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

Fine day + just right temp. for active exercise. Cycled to Clifton Road, Hospital, Forest Mill, Forest Road + Backrow + then walked to Rockville, Deepslade [sic] + on to Whitmuir moss where I had an unsuccessful hunt for Coralorhiza1. It was lovely all round + the hawthorn magnificent. Got back to tea in the garden with Dora2 + Miss Brown3 who went down to Elmpark4 after dinner. At 11 p.m. David5 got me over to the Home to Chloroform Mrs Tweddle from Deloraine6 who he thinks has an ectopic gestation.

1 Probably Corallorhiza trifida, a “rare northern continental element which is recorded at Whitmuir Moss [Rosalind Tratt, 1997, ‘The Scottish Borders Fens: Controls on Vegetation Development and Composition’, A thesis submitted to the University of Sheffield for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy page 4, https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/2967/1/DX201680.pdf%5D

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

3 Miss Brown is unidentified

4 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), Dr Muir’s close friend

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

6 Jeanie Mitchell had married Robert Kyle Tweddle at Kirkhope in 1919; he was Tenant of properties at Wester Deloraine, Delorainehope and Deloraineshiel and elsewhere in Kirkhope [marriage: 1919, 776/ 1, Kirkhope]

[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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