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

Rowan coming into flower

Fine dry sunny day but with a sharp W to SW wind: a good deal of dust flying. Was not out of town. Assisted Dav. to operate on And. Inglis1, Tait’s Hill for fistula. Inglis absolutely refused Chlor[oform] + never winced. Mrs Herbertson2 was there. Wrote Jean3 + Dora4. The latter has got a very good post as companion to a Mrs Ritchie. Poor Jean writes in very low spirits about Pike5. Replied to cheer her up. David6 came up late + we [illegible] about Income Tax return.

1 William Ingles, mason, had a house and garden at Tait’s Hill, Selkirk; presumably Andrew was part of his family [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/143, Selkirk Burgh, page 143 of 644

2 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

3 Mrs Herbertson of Galashiels was a trained nurse, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 14 December 1915

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

5 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 but was very ill by early 1921

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

[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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