1 February 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another dismal day of N.E. drizzle + rain. Was in town all forenoon + in afternoon went up with Dav.1 to Beechwood to give Davidson2 the coachman chlor[oform] while his leg (which was broken above the ankle) was set. Helen + Nancy3 walked to Bowhill. Wrote Willie Rodger4 (at least began a letter). Later Dav Tom Roberts5 has been operated on for appendicitis by Stiles6 in Edinburgh.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

2 James Davidson, coachman and gardener, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Beechwood, Heatherlie, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

4 William Brydone ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959), son of George Rodger (about 1843-1885), solicitor, and Isabella Margaret or Maggie Rodger née Brydone (and thus nephew of Andrina B H Muir née Rodger, Dr Muir’s wife); he was born 27 December 1880, Selkirk, later a stockbroker and at Sevenoaks, Kent, 1911 Census

5 Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts (1850-1921), tweed manufacturer, son of George Roberts, tweed manufacturer, and Agnes Scott Roberts née Fowler

6 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

[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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