16 February 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wet all day : calm dull + damp. Feeling better I did a town list walking. Gave Chlor[form] at the Home1 for a circum + umbilical Hernia in same kid Stalker, Dunsdale Cottages.2 Made 17 calls including Ettrick Mill + Bridgelands + later Boylan, Shawpark who is pretty lame with rheumatic [illegible] in leg.3 Dorothy Barrie improving.4

1 The medical co-partnership undertook a range of surgical procedures at Viewfield.

2 Adam Stevenson Stalker, mill engineer, and Elizabeth McGill Stalker née Clark, married 1907 at Govan, lived at Ettrick Mill Cottages with their six children, of whom the patient will have been one of Adam Stevenson (1908-), Donald (1911-), Jessie Clark (1912-), Elizabeth Yates (6), Robert (1916-) or Christina Clark (1918-) – and probably the last of these [Census, 1921, 778/ 7/ 15, page 15 of 29; parents’ marriage, 1907, 646 / 2 / 400, Govan].

3 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, voluble friend of Dr Muir, lived at Shawpark, Selkirk [1921 Census and 1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/375, Selkirk County, page 375 of 611].

4 This appears to be Christina Dorothy Barrie (1904-1994) who lived at Sundhope, Yarrow.

[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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