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

I motored to Edinburgh to a meeting of the B.M.A. Branch Council. Left earlier than I should + we took time to the journey. It was bitterly cold but dry + I had time to warm myself at 6 Rutland Square1 before Stevens2 arrived. I felt my deafness a great drawback. Left again at 6 + returned, as we came, via Peebles. A burst tyre detained us near Walkerburn + it was 9 when we got back. On the way in I called at 120 Braid Road but there was nobody in.3

1 The British Medical Association was at Rutland Square, Edinburgh.

2 John Stevens (1859-1930), M.A., M.D., F.J.C.P.Ed., medical practitioner, born Dunbarney, Perthshire, former Physician to the Edinburgh Western Dispensary and “indefatigable worker in the British Medical Association” whose obituary noted that “After joining the British Medical Association in 1892, he devoted a very large share of his time and energy to its various organisations, and the work of the Association may be said to have formed the principal hobby of his life. For many years he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the local Edinburgh Division, becoming its chairman in 1922. He became honorary secretary of the Edinburgh Branch in 1914, an office which he held till 1927, when he became its president. He attended every meeting of the Representative Body of the Association from 1914 till the year before his death, and served as a member of the Central Council from 1926 till his fatal illness rendered attendance at the meetings in London impossible.” [“John Stevens, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed., Formerly Physician To The Edinburgh Western Dispensary.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3630, 1930, pp. 196–196 JSTOR accessed 10 Oct. 2022.]

3 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother, and his wife Helen Drysdale Wilson lived at 120 Braid Road, Morningside, Edinburgh.

[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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