8 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull morning: slates + pavements wet but it turned out a very fine day. Message to Mrs Henry1, Middlestead which Dav. [Graham] did on his way to Thirlestane. I saw 3 town cases + then motored with Tom Alexander2 to Faldonside, Bogle House, Caddonfoot (Mrs Stenhouse3) + on to Manor Water Sanatorium4 where I saw Rob. Scott5 + Peggy Lockie6. The Matron showed me round the place. We lunched by the side of the Manor Water + came home via Cademuir + the right side of [the River] Tweed. Had a confinement at night: Mrs James Turnbull, Ettrick Terrace7.

1 Peter Henry, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Middlestead, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll; his (second) wife was Agnes D Craik (1892-1972), a domestic servant at Costerton, Crichton, Midlothian when they married on 30 April 1919 at the Lawson Memorial Free Church Manse

2 Tom Alexander has appeared in the diaries before but is otherwise unidentified

3 Thomas Stenhouse (c.1865-1929) and his first wife Christina Boa Stenhouse née Brown (1871-1926) lived at Allanlea, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 Manor Valley Sanatorium, Caverhill, Manor, Peeblesshire

5 Not identified

6 Margaret ‘Peggy’ Lockie (1903-1921), daughter of Walter Lockie and Margaret Lockie née Scott, a power loom weaver, of Forest Road, Selkirk, she died of pulmonary tuberculosis, aged 17, death certified by J S Muir M.B.

7 Philip Reilly Turnbull (1920-1981), son of James Turnbull and Maggie Reilly, born 8 September 1920 at Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk; his parents had married 1906 at Hawick

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

7 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunny calm forenoon, cloudy after: no rain: [wind] S.W. to W.N.W. Cycled down Forest Road + then to Faldonside. Miss Dees1 improving. Said I would not go down in evening unless she was worse. Was in the house the rest of the day. Sent out some belated accounts + wrote out advertisement of Viewfield for Southern Reporter: Border Standard: Hawick News: Kelso Mail + Berwick News2. Tom Alexander3 arrived at 7.30. H. + D.4 went to Picture House so we dined alone.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 The Southern Reporter (still in print in 2020) in 1957 absorbed The Border Standard (founded in 1881 as the Scottish Border Record – not to be confused with the title of the same name published in the early 1880s for the Langholm area) and at the end of February 1983 also absorbed The Kelso Chronicle & Jedburgh Gazette, which itself had inherited, through consolidation, the venerable Kelso Mail title [https://www.britishpapers.co.uk/scotland/southern-reporter/]

3 Not identified

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), two of Dr Muir’’s daughters

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

6 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Pavements + slates wet this morning but no rain during day to speak of. John Nicolson1 died last night. Miss Dees’ (Fiff)2 temp. keeping steadily about 100o. Feeling new head + back ache. Discarded all bandages + recommended a cup. Sponged her head + cleaned it. Found her much better at night. Cycled down + when having found my front tyre deflated so ‘Phoned for car + had some dinner with them. Had call from.

1 John Nicholson (c.1858-1920), woollen mill foreman retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk, son of James Nicholson, woollen mill worker, and Isabella Nicholson née Armstrong, and widower of Margaret Beattie, died 6 September 1920, aet 62, at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, of pulmonary tuberculosis 3 months and chronic cystitis 1 month, certified by John S Muir M.B. [Source: death registration 778/60 Selkirk]

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

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

5 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

David motored me down to Faldonside. I took him to examine Miss Dees’1 eyes which he found all right. I had nothing to do till the afternoon when I cycled to Yarrowford to Mrs Reid + then to Faldonside a second time. Miss D. feeling a good deal of pain in her head + back. Boylan2 came to supper. H. + D. [Helen and Dora Muir] went to evening service. Had call from Nan Paton3 (now Mrs Crichton) + her husband, a doctor at Redhill + a nephew of Crichton Smith4, Kelso.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk

3 Isabel Eugene ‘Nan’ Crichton née Paton (1892-1935) and Crawford Smith Crichton (1882-1946), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and medical officer, sometime R.A.M.C. [Source: Statutory BMDs (Scotland), marriages Jun Quarter 1918, Isabel E Paton and Crawford S Crichton, Reigate 2a 439 and https://www.bmj.com/content/2/4468/280.2%5D

4 Assume Thomas D Crichton Smith (c.1856-1931), law agent, of Robson & Smith, Kelso, until 1887 a copartnery, after which Smith continued on his own account under the same business name [Source: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/9887/page/1049/data.pdf%5D

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

4 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Some rain in the morning + a gale first S.W. then N.W. + cold. Motored to Faldonside making some calls on the way. Miss Dees1 had restless night + temp. not as low as usual. Swelling much less. Took all the wadding off her head. In the evening she was feeling better: had neither headache nor backache but slight squint. Gave her Proxx Bromide to 1/1 casc evac.2 Rob Currie3, Byethorn broke his left fibula. Gave him gas while David [Graham] put it up. H. + D.4 were at Shawpark helping Boylan5 to entertain the children of Bishop of Barrow6 who is taking McCall’s7 place.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 It is not clear what the XX refers to, but an ever-helpful follower has punted out that the 3 symbol represents one dram (or drachm) and the following symbol is for one tablet. So, it appears he gave her 1 dram of potassium bromide (as a sedative) in the form of one tablet. 1.77 grams.

3 Robert Currie (c.1875-1934), hosiery manufacturer, son of Robert Currie (about 1857-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, and Mary Murray; married 1stly, 1898, Maggie Brown (died 1899) and, 2ndly, 1906, Julia Johnston Lindsay (died 1961). He lived at Byethorn, Selkirk [where the Selkirk High School is today]

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters respectively

5 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk

6 The Bishop of Barrow, 1909-1926, was the Right Reverend Campbell West Watson (1877-1953), who held it in plurality with a Residentiary Canonry at Carlisle Cathedral until 1921, then with the Rectory of Aldingham, near Ulverston, Cumbria, he later became Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand; nowhere is he referred to as being at Selkirk and from Alumni Cantabrigienses it is quite clear that he never held a living in Scotland, nor does it record that he had children, whereas Mr McCall had lost his wife Mabel Lovat Armstrong in 1917 and had children Mabel Mona (1911-), John Grice Armstrong (1913-), Alan George (1914-) and Arthur James (1916-)

7 Alumni Cantabrigienses notes that James George McCall, rector of St John’s Episcopal Church 1910-1921, moved to Jordanhill, Glasgow in 1921

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

3 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull day but calm + quite pleasant. Was twice at Faldonside and thought Miss D.1 rather better. Kept on the dry pad, the swelling being less. Helen2 had written to say she would be at Gala at 6.16 + I planned motoring to Faldonside + sending the car to meet her but she unexpectedly arrived at 4 having caught the 1.13 at Carlisle. She was looking very well + sun burned.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

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

2 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weather deteriorating: glass fallen + falling. Wind S. Rained heavily in afternoon + slightly in morning. Found Miss Dees1 fairly well but with headache which was relieved after I opened the wound + allowed blood to escape. Took Dav. [Graham] down at night + acting on his advice put on a dry pad. Her temp. during last night went up to 104.4. + when we were there it was 100. We had a glass of port + a smoke. I had to go to Yarrowford to certify And. Hobkirk2 for the poorhouse + W Essenside to see Walt. Currie3 formerly at Boos Mill4. I motored over 37 miles.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 Andrew Hobkirk (c.1847-1920), retired shepherd, son of William Hobkirk, shepherd, and Mary Laidlaw, died at Galashiels but he was at Yarrow for many years e.g. at Catslacknowe and Crosscleuch, Yarrow, 1887-88 Valuation Roll

3 Walter Currie, ploughman, was “Tenant Occupier not rated” of a house at Wester Essenside, Ashkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 Bowismiln, Lilliesleaf, on the Ale Water (grid reference NGR NT507234) and part of the Riddell estate

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

1 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There was no lifting of the dull grey curtain that shut out the sun today + it was decidedly cold with some drizzle in the forenoon. Met Scott Skirving1 again at Faldonside. Miss Dees’2 condition was better + her temp. almost normal. Skirving did a lumbar puncture without anaesthesia. At night to my regret her temp. was up to 103 again. I motored both times. Was feeling unaccountably fagged. David operated on Mrs Colledge3 from Whitchester, for an abdominal tumour which had turned out to be malignant, + little Isa Linton4, Ettrick Road for appendicitis. I gave chlor[oform].

1 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

3 This appears to be Jessie Colledge née Scott (c.1867-1920); she had married Joshua Alberto Colledge (1866-1942) at Selkirk in 1901 and he was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Whitchester, Longformacus, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 The most likely identity is Isabella Cuthill ‘Isa’ Linton (1912-), daughter of George Linton, mason, and Mary Linton née Dixon, who are at Ettrick Road, 1920 Valuation Roll (not too far from where Isabella was born at Green Square, a terrace where Mill Street meets The Green and no longer there) but there are two Isabella Lintons born a year apart at Selkirk so it is not possible to assert this identification with absolute confidence

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

31 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Shorter dull period this morning + a lovely sunny day. Sharp at night + moonlight. Cycled to Mrs Dobson1, Forest Road + then to Faldonside where I found Miss Dees2 less well. Temp. 1030. Bleeding from the incision Scott Skirving3 made. Went down again with D. [David Graham] at 5. + put on dry pad with pressure to stop venous bleeding + gave a hypo of heroin. Dined at Faldonside. Found patient better T.99.8 + P.88. Boyack4 left + Dora went to Edinburgh with her + interviewed the Webbs5. Certified a lunatic Mrs Easton6 + Linglie Cottages.

1 Helen Dobson née Hope (c.1859-1920), widow of George Dobson, woollen designer, living at Kirkwood, Forest Road, Selkirk, 1920

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

3 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary

4 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

5 On 10 September Dora went to work for the Webb family, unmarried brothers and sisters of “Independent Means” at 11 Priestfield Road, Newington, Edinburgh

6 William Easton, woolsorter, was at Sunnybank Cottage, Linglie Road, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

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

30 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Curious similarity in weather. Dull, cloudy morning: bright afternoon + dull evening. Wind E. very slight. Cycled to Faldonside. Miss Dees1 better: good night 4 h [hours] sleep. Temp. 99. Went on via Bowden Moor to Prieston. Did Faldonside again before dinner. Dora + Boyack2 at Wellwood for tea. Bella3 in bed with asthma. David [Graham] had to go to Yarrowford at night to Mrs Reid + took D. + B. [Dora Muir and Miss Boyack] with him.

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920) had suffered a head injury in a car accident 24 August 1920; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

2 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

3 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

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