10 September 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Beautiful clear sunny day. Had several chlor[oform] cases with David at the Home, one of them being a case of undescended testicles in a boy Falla from Lilliesleaf which took a long time. It was 12.30 before I got away. After lunch picked up Tom Alexander from Thirladean + motored him via Gordon Arms + Hartleap to Ettrick School where I saw Mrs Russell. We stopped for tea at Ettrick Shaws. Saw Mrs Anderson1. Ettrick Shaws is for sale. Got back at 6. Helen [Muir] arrived looking awfully well at 7.30. After dinner Tom + I had a great crack from old days + we went over all the confinements he attended when he was here.

1 It is not always easy to distinguish ‘Mr’ from ‘Mrs’ in Dr Muir’s handwriting but since Thomas Scott Anderson had died in June 1919 leaving a widow and married daughter the Editor has assumed this reads ‘Mrs’ and is therefore Joan Scott Anderson née Shaw (d.1936); there are no males called Anderson referred to in Tom Scott Anderson’s will (proved August 1919) that offer a feasible alternative

[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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