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

At the dinner I spoke to Fordyce1, Douglas (Cupar)2, Ronaldson3, Stevens4, Turner5, McBride6, Kerr7. I recited ‘Heather’ but I don’t think it took very well8.

A pretty good day with some showers which were heavier up the waters. Cool S.W. Walked to Hospital, Spion Kop, Backrow, Kirkwynd + Castle Street. Gave “Gladys”9 chlor[oform] at the Home10 for T. & A. Motored to Deloraine to see Mrs Tweddle11 but had to go on to Newburgh where she had gone for the day. Picked up Mrs Douglas Brown12 (Dora’s13 friend, Donald) + her little girl14 at Ettrickbridge + brought them down to spend the afternoon. Had to go to Bridgelands to see to see old Hardie15 + met David16 at Yair Bridge when we went to the Residents Club dinner17 which was very successful. McBride was in the Chair. I sat between James18 + Bramwell19, the latter very old looking + bent + smoking 5½ oz [ounces] a week. We didn’t leave Ed. till after 12 + got home a little after 2 having killed a hare on the road!

1 William Fordyce (1863-1941), M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed., F.R.C.O.G., consulting gynaecologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

2 Charles Edward Douglas (1855-1943), M.D., F.R.C.S.E., medical practitioner and B.M.A. activist, of Winthank House, Kirk Wynd, Cupar

3 Assume Thomas Rutherford Ronaldson (1852-1943), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, of 14 Merchiston Mews, Edinburgh,

4 Perhaps Dr John Stevens (1859-1930), M.D., medical practitioner, lived at Polwarth Terrace, Morningside, Edinburgh

5 Dr Turner is unidentified

6 Dr McBride is may be Peter McBride (1854–1946), M.D., F.R.C.P.E., Scottish physician and expert on the larynx.

7 Dr Kerr is unidentified

8 Dr Muir often gave recitals but this piece is unidentified

9 The Editor cannot see why Gladys’ name is in quotation marks but in any case she is unidentified

10 Home refers to Viewfield Nursing Home

11 Mrs Tweddle is Jeanie Tweddle née Mitchell (1893-1970) who married Robert Kyle Tweddle, farmer, 2 April 1919 at Newburgh, Kirkhope at which time he lived at West Deloraine, Kirkhope; she died April 1970 at Hartwoodmyres, Selkirk

12 Mrs Douglas Brown was Margaret Meikle ‘Peggy’ Donald (about 1886-1960) who, as a nurse of 2 Melville Street, Edinburgh, had married on 17 September 1918 at Ashwood, Galashiels, James Douglas Brown, Lieutenant K.O.S.B., attached R.A.F. and at that time “currently with the British Expeditionary Force” (Statutory registers Marriages 775/ 50)

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

14 The daughter of Mrs Peggy Douglas Brown née Donald is unidentified

15 Assume James Hardie (about 1841-1922), retired ploughman, husband of Margaret Nicholson, who was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Bridgelands Lodge, Galashiels, 1920 Valuation Roll

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

17 The Residents’ Club is The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Old Residents’ Club, see also Dr Muir’s diary entry for 24 June 1921 (Dr Muir was a trainee doctor at the Royal Infirmary many years before)

18 Dr James is almost certainly Alexander James (1850-1932), M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed., medical practitioner, sometime Consulting Physician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary [obituary in the British Medical Journal 1932; 1 doi: Alexander James, M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed. (Published 16 April 1932)]

19 Assume Edwin ‘Ed’ Bramwell (1873-1952), Professor, M.B., F.R.S.E, F.R.C.P.E., L.L.D., 20th century Scottish neurologist, a First World War specialist in brain injuries and shell-shock and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1933-1935; of Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, 1920 Valuation Roll; born N Shields, married Elizabeth Cumming Cunningham, 1908. [birth Mar Quarter 1873, Bramwell, Edwin, Tynemouth 10b 196]

[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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