2 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still raining this morning but kept fair after 11: dull + sunless N.E. calm. Walked to Elmrow, Rosemount, Kirkwynd, Glebe Terrace, Forest Road, Cannon Street + Hospital. Began my Annual Hospital Report. David1 looked in. He says things are very slack. He has been ordered to attend Ovens, Peel2. Little Geo. Heard3 was brought in from W Essenside again with a suspicious throat. They had sent for Dickson, Hawick + his locum went4. Heard5 came in with his boy + was very apologetic. He declared I was to be their doctor in future! Helen6 + Peter7 cycled to Lilliesleaf. Letter from Mary8 + a parcel – dinner jacket +c.

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

2 William Roberts Ovens (1846-1936) was Proprietor at the Peel, Williamhope, Peelburnhead, Peelburnfoot, and Hawthorn, all Caddonfoot [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/359, Selkirk County, page 359 of 611].

3 George Heard junior (1917-2006), of Essenside, Ashkirk had been ill at the turn of the year, see for example Dr Muir’s diary entry for 4 January 1922; he was the son of George Heard, farmer, and Lizzie Davidson Heard née Bulman, married March 1914, Hawick [birth, 1917, 773/B 4, Ashkirk; parents’ marriage, 1914, 789/ 27, Hawick].

4 Charles James Whitehead Dixon (1867-1925), M.D. Edin., medical practitioner, of 19 North Bridge Street, Hawick.

5 George Heard, farmer, see footnote 3 above.

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

7 Peter Allan was evidently a charge of Dora’s, but is not (yet) identified.

8 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-?1933), Dr Muir’s recently widowed sister.

[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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