14 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another perfect day but with a haze all round the horizon. Saw Murray before breakfast. Gave Ethel Stoddart Chlor[oform] while D. [Dr David Graham] opened an abscess in labium1. Then I cycled to Hutlerburn, Ettrickbridgend, Ettrick Shaws, Gilmanscleuch, Shankend2 + Thirlestane Lodge. Coming back I stopped at Kirkhope + Singlie March Burn + took my tea. Called at Fauldshope + stopped at Bowhill to phone. Went on to Yair where I got message to Sunderland Hall stables. Got back at 7 having done 43.1 [miles]. Went to a meeting of V. A. D. [?] about a social meeting a [picnic ?]. Saw a woodcock in Bowhill evidently carrying something. Swifts appeared.

1 An expert follower advised the editor that this “was probably an infected Bartholin’s cyst in her labium – part of the female genitalia. A not uncommon problem, even today and in spite of antibiotics.”

2 Shankend (not to be confused with the location and viaduct in Cavers Parish) is between Hopehouse and Thirlestane House, Ettrick Parish, approximate grid reference NGR NT292,162 and visible on the Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVIII.NW, surveyed 1897, published 1900

[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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rumblingclint

Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

2 thoughts on “14 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. Re Ethel Stoddart’s abscess: it was probably an infected Bartholin’s cyst in her labium – part of the female genitalia. A not uncommon problem, even today and in spite of antibiotics.

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