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

Winter aconite flowering1

Felt all right today + enjoyed my food. There was still a strong N.W. wind which again dried the roads. I was not out of the town + made about a dozen calls. Helen went to church at Philiphaugh + rode her new bicycle2 for the first time. I went with her part of the way. Mrs Miller, Forest Road3 very ill with broncho pneumonia. Letter from Dora4 to say she is much better. Was called out at 11.30 for Mrs Miller. The pneumonia has attacked her left side.

1 Eranthis hyemalis is Winter Aconite, also commonly known as Winter Hellebore.

2 Helen Muir, Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper, had acquired a new three-speed Raleigh bicycle from Stark & Murray probably a Christmas present (see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 8 December 1922).

3 Mrs Margaret Miller née Miller (about 1852-1923), widow of William Miller, general labourer, lived at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk [1922 Valuation Rolls VR007900012-/305, Selkirk Burgh, page 305 of 644].

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

[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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