18 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightfully mild day. Winter Aconite1 in full flower. There are also some white + yellow crocuses unusually early. I cycled to Goslaw Green, Ashybank + gave chlor[oform] at the Home for a case of Hallux valgus2 on which D. [Dr David Graham] operated very cleverly. Then I came up Forest Road + down to Pinegrove. Got Jeannie Oliver down to the Home as D. advises extension for her knee. H + I walked to Whitlaw + met Mary Milne to see all the hounds at Bowden Moor + they had tea at Bridgeheugh. Had to see Jessie Clapperton, Heatherliebank at 10. The wind had then turned E. + it was raining.

1Eranthis hyemalis or winter aconite, other common names winter aconite and winter hellebore

2Hallux valgus is “the commonest forefoot deformity, with an estimated prevalence of 23% to 35%. It causes symptoms on the medial edge of the foot, the sole, and the small toes” [Nikolaus Wülker, Prof. Dr. med. and Falk Mittag, Dr. med. ‘The Treatment of Hallux Valgus’ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3528062/]

3 Assume Eliza Clapperton, see Dr Muir’s diary entries for 20 February 1920

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

17 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very mild. Evidently very wet during last night but kept fair all day. Several new messages. Made 15 town calls including Heather Mill motoring + on to Beechwood, PhilipH Sawmill, General’s Bridge + Bowhill returning via Dunsdale, Curror Street +c. Attended meeting of Red Cross Committee at which Mrs Scott Plummer1 was elected President + [the] Duchess2 Hon. President. Thomson + Miss Brown3 came along to tea. H. [Helen] + Nancy4 at Picture House.

1 Muriel Grace Scott Plummer née Johnstone-Douglas (1874-1961), of Sunderland Hall

2 Assume Margaret Alice Montagu Douglas Scott née Bridgeman (1872-1954), Duchess of Buccleuch

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

4 Thomson is unidentified but, in the context of the Red Cross references here, Miss Brown may well be Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who had served in Egypt and France 1916-1919 and was then involved with the Red Cross – see diary entry for 6 February 1920

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

16 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair. S.W. wind: drying. F A Dubs1, Yair died at 4.30 p.m. I was there by 10.15 + found him sinking. Beatson2 stayed all day. Sent Sandy McClure3 a P.C. [post card]. Did also Yair Farm + Bogle House returning via Heatherlie, Dunsdale, Hospital &c. Mrs Pollok4 + a niece (a Miss Muir5 who knows all the Prestwick Connection6) called + had tea.

1 Frank Albert or F A Dubs (1860-1920), engineer and locomotive builder, later of ‘private means’, with nine servants [source: 1911 census], born Anderston, Glasgow but retired 1902 and latterly staying in Yair

2 George Thomas Beatson (1848-1933), K.C.B., K.B.E., D.L., Scottish oncologist, after whom the Beatson / West of Scotland Cancer Centre is named [and from whence, it must be acknowledged, the Editor’s beloved has received fabulous support these last 10 years]

3 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), advocate, whose mother was a Logan as was Dr Muir’s mother

4 Christina Jane Pollok née Graham (1864-1948), second wife of John Pollok the Pro. Fiscal of Selkirk

5 Not identified

6 The Prestwick connection (Muir / Rennie / Miller) came via Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir (1829-1915), Dr J S Muir’s sister, and her family

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

15 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind changed to S.W. Quite fresh. Blowy + rainy all day, at times heavy. Motored early to Yair (Dubs nor better [illegible]). Sir Geo. Beatson1 could come which he did, motoring with Tom Smith + Nancy. Went back at 6 + met Beatson. Digitalin had improved the pulse + pulmonary congestion less. Was at morning service + supped at Wellwood. Had to see Mrs Tait, Castle Street, after.

1 Sir George Thomas Beatson 1848-1933), K.C.B, K.B.E, D.L., British physician and pioneer oncologist

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

14 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind E. colder: some flakes of snow at night: fair dry + bright all day. Shaved without gas [light?] at 7.10. Cycled to Castle Street + the Goslaw Green, Mavisbank, Dunsdale, Gib. + Lum. [Gibson & Lumgair, St Mary’s Mill], Bogle House, Yair + [Yair] Farm + Beechwood = 15.15. Had to go back to Yair after dinner + after 11/2 hours of surgery cases. Dubs’s pulse very irregular + some pulmonary oedema. Forgot to go to Hardie, Bridgelands at David’s request.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

13 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Went over early to Yair. Dubs1 had a temp. of 102 + very yellow. Was rather late for a case of curetting at the Home. From there went to Backrow + Bowhill + some town cases. Went back to Yair at 6 + [word deleted] gave Dubs an enema with fair result. Temp. 100. Recited at a concert under the auspices of the P.O. in aid of Royal Infirmary. Good turn out. Helen + Nancy2 had tea with Miss Hall. Blowy day [and] heavy rain at night. Recited ‘The Salmon’ + ‘Christy Lumsden’ re Janet McLusky.

1 Frank Albert or F A Dubs (1860-1920), engineer and locomotive builder, later of ‘private means’, retired 1902 and staying [living] at Yair

2 Dr Muir’s daughters Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948)

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

12 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Baptie1 has finished the fruit enclosure + has done the whole thing himself.

Not such a rough day as yesterday. Cycled to Goslaw Green, West Port + then motored to Curror Street, Ashybank, Bleachfield Road, Fairnilee Lodge, Bogle House, Yair + Yair Farm, at latter encountered Hiddleston who, it turns out, had been attending Ormiston but who declares he won’t have H. It was very awkward. Dubs4 not as well. Was in house all afternoon. D [Dr David Graham, co-partner] came up to have a talk about blankets for Viewfield. He is going twice a day to Mrs Barton, Oakwoodmill, who has had pneumonia.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

2 Assume Samuel Ormiston junior, farmer at Yair Farm, Caddonfoot, 1920 Valuation Roll; see also diary entry for 11 February 1920

3 John Murray Hiddleston (1891-1954), medical practitioner

4 Dubs, see diary entry for 11 February 1920

5 The co-partnery had acquied Viewfield earlier in 1920 to operate as a cottage hospital

6 Mrs Barton was Rebecca Monti Garden Grant, wife of Andrew Barton, Inhabitant / Occupier at Oakwoodmill Farm House, 1920 Valuation Roll; he died aet 78 in 1927 while she survived pneumonia and died aet 65 in 1932, at Upper Tofts, Cavers; they had married at Stirling in 1892

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]