8 January 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Mild + damp + blowy, drizzling towards evening: roads filthy. Message to see Joyce1 at Faldonside. Motored there, Lindean Mill + Bridgelands: Saw a few town cases + at 2.30 at Viewfield gave Chlor[oform] while Dav. operated, first on Mrs Jean Thomson + then on Willie Simpson2 for hernia. Pussy Stewart3 came at 4 + operated on And. Cowan4, dividing certain nerves. I had a letter from Willie Rodger5 from Argentina with some photos. I find that nurse Smith who has been doing night duty at Viewfield comes from Leigh6 + knows Jim Hayes7.

1 Assume Edith Joyce Dees, later Beath (1908-1995), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson

2 Neither Jean Thomson nor Willie Simpson can be readily identified

3 William James ‘Pussy’ Stuart (1873-1959), C.B.E., M.B., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, consultant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and sometime president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; Born 17 December 1873, at 7 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh (but not registered until 6 March 1874), the son of the Reverend Doctor John Stuart, Minister of St Andrew’s Parish, Edinburgh, and Jessie Stuart née Duncan, married 14 May 1867 at Edinburgh.
Sources: Statutory BMDs; the British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 5122, 1959, pp. 652–652. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853. Accessed 31 Oct. 2022.

4 Andrew Cowan, shepherd at Kirkhope or Andrew Cowan, farmer at Dryden, Ashkirk, see also diary entry for 2 November 1920

5 Perhaps William Brydone ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959), son of George Rodger (about 1843-1885), solicitor, and Isabella Margaret or Maggie Rodger née Brydone; born 27 Dec 1880, Selkirk, he was later a stockbroker and was at Sevenoaks, Kent, 1911 Census

6 Leigh, Lancashire

7 James ‘Jim’ Hayes (1866-1939), medical practitioner, son-in-law of Alexander Muir, married to Jessie Geddes Hayes née Muir; born Leigh, Lancashire, they lived at 2 Church Street, Pennington, Leigh, 1891 Census and at Stone House, Leigh, 1901 and 1911

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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