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

Fine day with a lot of sunshine. Strong N. to W. wind: clear. Saw Dora Thomson1 + Annie Inglis, Forest Road2 + cycled to Newarkburn, Tinnis, Deuchar Mill, Cutkerwood, Bengerburn and Mt Benger School. Miss Taylor3 is apparently mad + a nurse whom I got from Miss Graham4 last night refuses to stay. She tells me the state of the house is appalling + there wasn’t a bite when she arrived: I came back with the wind 12.1 miles in 49 minutes. + coming by Bridge Street to Old Bridge Road was just 63 m. David5 operated at night on William Welsh6 from Cotfield7 for appendicitis.

1 Dora Thomson is presumably Dorothy ‘Dora’ Thomson (1860-1928) who lived at Back Row, Selkirk in 1911 with her sister Margaret Thomson (1865-1943), weaver [1911 Census 778/ 4/ 5, page 5 of 17]

2 Annie Inglis is unidentified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

3 Miss Jessie Taylor, teacher, Mountbenger School and tenant at the schoolhouse, Mountbenger had been seen by Dr Muir on 21 June 1922 [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

4 Miss Elizabeth Graham was the Matron of the Scottish Association of Trained Nurses at 15/17 Alva Street, Edinburgh, sometimes described as “Miss Graham’s Home for Trained Nurses (Co-operative System)” [1925 Valuation Roll, VR010000495-/81, Edinburgh Burgh, page 81 of 249]

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

6 William Welsh, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Cotfield, Lilliesleaf [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/884, Roxburgh County, page 884 of 993]

7 Cotfield, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NT532,226, near Harelaw and just south of the Drove Road which heads in a generally WNW direction from the intersection at Harden Cottage just south of Esdalelaw, crosses the A7 at Grundistone Heights and eventually leads to St Boswells, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIX, published 1863

[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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