27 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

New oil driven road Roller at work, on Dunsdale Road

A dull windy dusty day + cooler. Dav. was hurriedly summoned to Rodono to see a son of Stark1, coal agent + found him with appendicitis. He was operated on at Viewfield between 2 + 3 + the appendix was beginning to necrose. I cycled to Thirladean + Faldonside. Miss Dees’ T. [temperature] was 102.4 without any apparent reason2. I went down to Bridgelands with Dav. at 12.30 + gave Miss Scott3 gas for a P.Y. Helen [Muir] went to a concert by the Glasgow Orpheus Choir4 with Mrs Mc.5 + Vera Brown6.

1 Assume Rodono at Ettrick though why the patient was there is not obvious: Robert Stark had a house at Mill Street and coal depot and office nearby at Station Road, Selkirk

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), persistently ill after a car accident; she was the daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside

3 Not identified

4 The Glasgow Orpheus Choir (1906-1951)

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

6 Vera Watson Brown (1900-), daughter of William Brown, banker, and Henrietta Brown née Watson

[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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