10 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull close day, almost thundery at times: no rain. News of flooding at Stockbridge + West Linton. The Lyne1 had flooded which accounted for the flood on Tweed yesterday. I saw town cases walking in Forest Road, Glebe &c, Ettrickhaugh Road + back by riverside to Hospital. Gave Kelty2 a dip in Ettrick. Attended Mrs Walt. Robertson, Curror Street, who had a s. [son]3. David [Graham] did a hysterectomy on Mrs Nisbet4 from Yarrow Terrace at the Home. Boyack5 helped. Mrs N. [Nisbet] nearly collapsed. D. [Graham] had great difficulty in securing the uterine arteries.

1 The Lyne Water rises at East Cairn Hill in the Pentland Hills and runs south through West Linton and Romannobridge to debouch into the River Tweed below Hallyne, just west of Peebles

2 Kelty was Dr Muir’s dog

3 Walter Brown Robertson (1920-2005), son of Walter Brown Robertson and Matilda Brodie Robertson née Jamieson; his parents had married 1911 at Selkirk [Marriage, 1911, 778/ 28 Selkirk and Valuation Roll, 1920, 778/ 93 Selkirk]

4 Gordon Mary Nisbet née Wright (c.1876-1920), wife of John Nisbet, woollen millworker

5 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least this one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified


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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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