29 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very calm + slow thaw making the streets quite slushy. There was a threatening of snow in the afternoon but no fall to speak of. Still very little doing. I saw half a doz. town cases. David did a message to Miller, Fairnilea + saw one of the nurses at Beechwood1. Dav. Smith, the Firs, was found to have appendicitis. He was taken to Mauldsheugh where he was operated on by Mr Fraser at 5. I gave Chlor[oform]. Fraser is a beautiful operator + the result was successful in the removal of an inflamed appendix. Fraser afterwards saw Flora [?] Harper. Mr Mackintosh gave me a bottle of Keith & Hamilton liqueur whisky2. Dora [Muir] wired that she is coming to Edin[burgh] today.

1 Assume Beechwood at Philiphaugh, approximate grid reference and see also Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.NE (includes: Selkirk), revised 1897, published 1900

2 The editor would welcome an identification of this bottle.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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