21 June 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Went down to Mauldsheugh at 9 when D. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] operated on Joan Girdwood’s little boy for hernia1. Came back to Castle Street to Rob. Ruthven who had an attack of malaria. Then home + cycled to Forest Road, Newarkburn + Thirladean. David [Graham] attended Mrs Gray, Dryhope, this morning. She is the daughter of Davis née Linton + her husband is one of the Grays of Ashkirktown. The child is the first grandchild on both sides2. Spent the afternoon making out list of necessaries for Glenluce [holiday] + studying maps. Mrs Stewart, Lewinshope, called with her first + I arranged to have her tonsils + adenoids removed tomorrow3. Helen has [?] a new carpet in my dressing room made of bits of the carpet that is in the bedroom.

1 Probably John Hislop Girdwood, born 13 August 1918 at 15 Kilncroft, Selkirk, son of Adam Girdwood, postman and gunner, Royal Naval Reserve, and Joan Girdwood née Johnstone

2 Margaret Annie Gray, born 21 June 1919, at Dryhope, Yarrow, daughter of William Gray, farmer, and Margaret Violetta Miller Gray née Davis, married 14 May 1918, at Ashkirk

3 Assume Helen Nichol Stewart, born 28 February 1909 at Lewinshope farm house, Yarrow, daughter of Robert Stewart, farmer, and Margaret Brydon Stewart née Mitchell, married 15 June 1905 at Kirkhope

[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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