3 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A little rain in morning but fair after. Fresh : Walked to Dunsdale, Ashybank, Curror Street +c. Motored to Woll Rigg1 + then walked to Goslaw Green + Shawpark. Kennedy2 went to Galashiels in forenoon + had a meeting of Pub. Health Comttee here in evening. Have had letters from McDougal3, Moir4, Rabagliati5 + Hunter6.

1 Probably to attend William Dewar of Woll Rigg, Ashkirk, who had his hand lacerated when sawing a branch off a tree on 28 November 1922. William Dewar, a manager, was recorded as Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house known as Wollrig, Ashkirk [1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/355, Selkirk County, page 355 of 611].

2 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire circa 1921 but by June 1921 recorded in a similar role in Croydon, Surrey (1921 Census taken 19 June 1921). What he was doing contributing to local committee work in Selkirkshire 18 months or more after he appears to have flitted to south London is a bit of a mystery.

3 John Aymers MacDougall (1844-1928), M.D., medical practitioner, born and sometime in practice at Galashiels, one of Dr Muir’s oldest friends and when James Ramsay died in 1915 Dr Muir commented “Thus is severed another of the four remaining links between now and my student days. I last heard from “Ram” on 26 December when he signed himself “one of your oldest and most affectionate friends”. McDougal, Brunton and Rabagliati are the only remaining ones.” diary entry for Thursday 4 February 1915 [Heritage Hub SBA/657/18/7]. John MacDougall published an obituary of Sir Lauder Brunton in the Edinburgh Medical Journal 1916 Nov; 17(5): 345–349″.

4 John Wilson Moir (1843-1926), M.D., medical practitioner, sometime of St Andrew’s, Fife, was referred to by Dr Muir on Sunday 15 July 1917 “Put up a doz Reporters for friends including Blair, Jedburgh & Moir, St Andrews & Wilson, Doncaster” [Heritage Hub SBA/657/20/6]

5 Andrea Carlo Francisco Rabagliati (1843-1930), medical practitioner and dietician, M.D., F.R.C.S.E., author of ‘Air, Food and Exercises; An Essay on the Predisposing Causes of Disease”, 3rd Edition, 1914; he was a near contemporary of Dr Muir, studied medicine at Edinburgh, had family connections with the Borders and was long-term friend of Dr Muir’s; also note comment of Dr Halliday Sutherland “Their author was fond of coining new words based on Greek roots, which puzzled the non-classical reader.” [sources include BMJ obituary, 1930, and Bradford Telegraph & Argus, ‘Past Times’, 8 March 2000 ‘Doctor’s veggie way to a long life’].

6 Hunter is as yet unidentified.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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