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

Coldish dull drying day W. to N.W. [wind]. Saw a few town cases + was at Viewfield from 10.30 to 1.30 giving Chlor[oform] for 6 operations Viz. Nelly Turnbull1 (mammary tumour), Mrs Ad. Brown2 (curetting), Mrs Geo. Crichton3 (necrosis of [?olecranon]), Baby Piercey4 (circumcision), Francis Leslie5 (tonsils) + a servant from Philiphaugh (tonsils). In afternoon motored to Oakwood6. Jack, Nancy, Barb7, Mrs Milne + W Bowden8 at supper. Went to evening service.

1 Not identified

2 Not identified

3 Assume Lottie Ruth Crichton née Johnson (1870-1942), who had married George Crichton, Selkirk-born printer and compositor, September Quarter 1897 at King’s Norton, Birmingham [King’s Norton, 6c 852]

4 The Editor assumes that Baby Piercy is Isaac Alexander Piercy, born 1920, Selkirk [1920, 778/ 34, Selkirk]

5 Assume Jean Forbes ‘Jeannie’ Leslie, born 16 March 1913 at Victoria Crescent, Selkirk, the daughter of Robert Vair Leslie, woollen warehouseman, and Lizzie Davidson Leslie née Douglas, married June 1912, [Birth, 1913, 778/ 58, Selkirk]

6 Oakwood was the home of Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, formerly of Manor, Peeblesshire

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and their eldest daughter Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts

8 Assume Mary Lee Davis Milne née Bowden (c.1873-1948), Serbian Cross of Mercy, St George’s Medal, sometime cook with Scottish Women’s Hospitals and at Bridgeheugh, Selkirk, 1921, and her brother William Douglas Davis Bowden (1875-1944), civil servant

[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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