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

Thick fog. Mild calm N.E. to S.E. + E. Raining in afternoon:- very heavily about 4.30 + very dark. Cycled to Forest Road, Beechwood (where I got a ‘Phone from Dav. wanting my assistance at a Confint [confinement] in Yarrow Terrace (Mrs Nichol). Neither forceps nor version availed + decapitation had to be done1. Then I went to Levenlea + saw Mrs Harrison, returning by Curror Street. Got everything adjusted for end of month + end of our 2nd year + hope to get the accounts out quickly. Helen + Cath Smith2 at a recital in Victoria Hall. Letter from Jean saying she is not going to give up Pike3.

1 The two doctors appear to have been reduced to using a process something like that described here https://www.ozy.com/flashback/before-the-c-section-there-was-this-barbaric-birth-practice/71619/

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter and Catherine Adam ‘Cath’ Smith (1874-1929)

3 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941) was to marry, 15 June 1920 at Mayfield U.F. Church, Newington, Edinburgh, Frederick Charles Pike (d.1921), theatrical agent. At their marriage both were living (at different premises) in East Preston Street, Edinburgh

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

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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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