4 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Today we opened Viewfield nursing home with 4 operations viz. Nelly Gallacher (appendicitis): a girl Turner from Lilliesleaf (Hallux valgus): McLair (haemorrhoids) + Mrs Johnstone, Crook Cottage (curetting). The West Kitchen – all clean + white – made a good theatre + with a bright sun was well lighted. We were occupied from 10 till 1.40. In the afternoon I cycled to Raeburn Meadow, Ettrickbank + Forest Mills. Dined at Elmpark1, Nancy + Jack2, Dav. + Norah3 + [?] Minnie Baillie4 also there. Took down a photo group in which Tom Hamilton figures to show his daughter5. It was Mrs MacIntosh’s birthday + we drank her health.

1 Elm Park, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter, and John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1866-1966)

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner and Norah Graham née West (1887-1971)

4 Unidentified, see below

5 Thomas Hamilton only had one daughter, Helen Gladys, who married Mrs Simpson’s son (Agnes Mackintosh’s nephew) in 1921; he was at Elm Park at this time (see diary entry for 3 June)

[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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