25 April 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

See Sunday April 25 [this has been corrected in the transcript]

Cold N.W. wind but not much rain. Dry in afternoon. Message to R Currie, Rockville1. Cycled up at 9.40 + found him with suspicion of appendicitis which was confirmed when I saw him again at 1.15. ‘Phoned for Fraser who came at 5.30 + operated. There was perforation + pus. Currie stood the operation well. I had also a confinement going on with Mrs Andrew Rutherford, 35 Backrow, who fortunately hung on till evening2. I gave chlor[oform] + delivered a F. at 9.45. With these two I was kept pretty well on the run all day. Dora had to go to bed with flatulent colic. Mrs Mc.3 was to have supped with us but I put her off. I got Fraser to see Mrs Nichol, Yarrow Terrace4.

1 Robert Currie (about 1857-1923), hosiery manufacturer and Owner / Proprietor at Rockville, Hillside Terrace, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Christina Neilson Rutherford (1920-2011), daughter of Andrew Rutherford, power loom tuner, and Elizabeth Hogg, power loom weaver, married 7 November 1918 at which time Andrew was in France with the Army Service Corps

3 Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, a close friend of Dr Muir

4 Mrs Nichol, Yarrow Terrace, had an operation on 17 April 1920 but appears to be causing concern

[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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