9 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Operations at Viewfield took from 10.30 till 1.30. First D. [David Graham] operated for hernia on a child Lang: then on Bessie Murray1 for appendicitis: then on Mrs Nichol2, Yarrow Terrace for a return of the abscess in her abdomen + lastly on Mrs Malkin’s girl3 for tonsils + adenoids. I saw 4 town cases + met Sandy McClure + Eva4 at 5.46. We had a dinner party for Mr, Mrs + Alice Smith5: Mrs Mackintosh6, Jack + David. Mrs Mack kindly gave me 3 bottles of Muscatel + Nancy7 purveyed an excellent dinner. Simpson + a maid from Elmpark helped Bella8. Among us we nearly finished 2 of Lang Port!

1 Unidentified

2 Alexander Nichol, millworker was at 9a Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll; his wife’s name may be Annie Scott but this awaits confirmation

3 Jeanie May Malkin was born at Selkirk in 1917, daughter of Joseph Frank Malkin and Jeanie Clark Christie who had married 1916 at Selkirk

4 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), Advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle, and Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson; they lived at 16 Heriot Row, Edinburgh; his mother was a Logan as was Dr Muir’s mother

5 Patrick Smith (1858-1930), advocate, Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943) and Alice Barbara Stewart Smith (1892-)

6 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, her home was known to Dr Muir as ‘the Magic Cave’

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior

8 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

[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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