We had a busy morning at Viewfield1. Scott Skirving2 operated on And. Riddell3 hoping to remove a tumour in the caecum but found he couldn’t + performed a colostomy. Then Dav. [Graham, co-partner] operated on Miss Lees for appendicitis + after to remove a large calcified fibroid with the ovaries + uterus + then did a skin grafting on John Geddes’ hand. We began at 11 + finished at 2. I brought D. + Skirving over here + gave them a glass of white Port. There was almost no other work. I had to go up to Rockville. Did not get to church at all. Nancy, Jack4 + Minnie Baillie5 came for supper.
1 Viewfield had seen its first operations two days before
2 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), lecturer in clinical surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary; graduated M.B., C.M. at Edinburgh University, 1893, later lectured in surgery at the Edinburgh School of Medicine and served in the South African War (1899-1901) and in the First World War (1914-1918) as Major in the R.A.M.C. [Source: https://aim25.com/cats/20/11174.htm%5D
3 Assume Andrew Riddell, draper, of Lilliesleaf
4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966)
5 Unidentified, but see diary entry for 4 June 1920
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]