7 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull wet morning but cleared up to be a nice sunny day: not warm but pleasant S.W. [wind]. Was called up at 5.45 for Mrs Hunter (Maggie Welsh) who has come from London to be confined. Did not get her over till 11.451. It was an R.O.A.2 and fearfully stiff with a big tear. Spent the rest of the day at Viewfield3 where D.4 operated on Miss Kirkpatrick5 (before I arrived) then on Thomson6 (Charlie Roberts’ chauffeur) for appendicitis: then a boy Ford7, Elmrow (hernia + circum) + then on old Fell8 for enlarged prostate which was not there although both D. + I had previously felt it. He got Novocain intraspinally without any effect + had to get chlor[oform].

1 Margaret Campbell Hunter, born 7 May 1921 at 47 High Street, Selkirk; she was the daughter of James Pherson Hunter, woollen traveller, and Margaret Campbell Hunter née Welsh, married 9 October 1919 at the Sheriff Court House, St Giles, Edinburgh when he was 30 and she 31; at that time he was a commercial traveler living at Bloemfontein Road, Shepherd’s Bush and she was a schoolteacher teacher of 44 High Street, Selkirk – his father was born in Scotland and worked as a “Cashier, woolen” [Sources: 1901 Census, RG13/42/6/4/21; and births 1921, 778/ 49, Selkirk and 1919, 685/4 1719, St Giles]

2 Right Occiput Anterior

3 Viewfield was the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s new (opened 4 June 1920) surgery and cottage hospital

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

5 Lilias (or Lillias) Mary Kirkpatrick (1866-1950), sister of Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), M.A. (Edin.), Church of Scotland minister at Yarrow 1912 onwards

6 Assume John Thomson, chauffeur, Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house and garden Kirkbank Cottage, Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/162, Selkirk Burgh, page 162 of 644]

7 James Alexander ‘Alex’ Ford (1918-), son of Robert Purves Ford, railway clerk, and Annie Ford née Brown; Robert Purvis Ford, goods clerk, was tenant of a house and garden at Elm Row, Selkirk in 1921 (Statutory registers Births 778/ 53) and 1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/133, Selkirk Burgh, page 133 of 644]

8 Assume Thomas Fell (about 1857-1923), retired gamekeeper, who was to die, aged 76, of “senile decay” in 1923; married to Jane Ismay, they lived at Bewlie Mains Cottages

[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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