17 January 1913 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Yet another of our occasional posts of 1913 transcripts

Frost in the morning, mostly fresh at night. Dense fog all day. Calm S.E. [wind]. Grieve1 left today. Motored in town, Tower Road, Heatherly, Yair, Fairnilee, Bridgelands +c. Jean2 has cold. Stiles3 operated on Stewart4 today. Nancy5 ‘phoned that he is alright. Tom McGregor’s little girl6 is in same room. She has been dangerously ill with gangrenous appendicitis.

1 Norman Grieve appears to be Norman William Grieve (1852-1936), son of William Grieve and Sarah Clark, born Hawick, who worked in tropical agriculture and as the director of public companies (rubber and tea companies according to A Hawick Word Book); see also diary entries for 15 and 16 January 1913

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

3 Sir Harold Jalland Stiles (1863-1946), KBE FRCS FRCSE FRSE, MB, ChB (Edinburgh) 1885, British surgeon; he held various posts at Edinburgh and in 1919 was to succeed Prof Francis Mitchell Caird (with whom Dr Muir was familiar) as Regius Professor of Clinic Surgery at Edinburgh University

4 Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), Dr Muir’s grandson

5 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

6 Tom McGregor and his daughter have not been identified

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/16, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1913]

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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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