5 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Threatened with Coryza.1 Had a very troublesome cough during last night + took several doses of cough mixt. C. Pen….2 which seemed to cause dyspepsia: but this may also have been caused by Tuesday night’s dinner.3 It rained most of the day. Walked in the town + to Hospital + Broomhill (Mrs Graham, the County Surveyor’s wife).4 Called at Elmpark at night David5 was at Peebles at the unveiling of a War Memorial6 by Earl Haig7 + the opening of a Hospital8 by Munro.9

1 Coryza is the Common cold.

2 This medicine is as yet unidentified.

3 Dr Muir had dined with the members of the Forest Club, see diary entry for 3 October 1922.

4 Mrs Graham is so far unidentified but was the wife of William Graham, road surveyor and Tenant Occupier of a house and garden Broomhill, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/386, Selkirk County, page 386 of 611].

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

6 Peebles War Memorial at the Chambers Institution, grid reference NGR NT25275,40424, was unveiled 5 October 1922.

7 Field Marshal Earl Haig, KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE [Canmore ID 98203; War Memorial Reference 6040].

8 Moreland Auxiliary Hospital opened in 1915 and was located at Morelands on Tweed Green, Peebles. In 1922 Morelands and two adjoining houses were handed over to the community as The War Memorial Hospital. It was inaugurated on the same day as the Peebles War Memorial was unveiled. It was on Tweed Avenue, overlooking Tweed Green. It closed as a hospital in 1985 and became a private nursing home.

9 Robert Munro (1868-1955), 1st Baron Alness, GBE, PC, QC, DL, Scottish lawyer, judge and Liberal politician, who served as Secretary for Scotland (1916-1922), Lord Justice Clerk between 1922 and 1933, and was elected M.P. for the new Roxburgh and Selkirk Constituency in the 1918 General Election.

[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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