5 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A terribly hot forenoon with a change of wind to N.W. + then W. Rather cooler in afternoon. Was knocked up at 5 a.m. for Robert Tait1, Goslaw Green with retention. He had been using a gum elastic Catheter + made false passage + I failed in passing a catheter. Went along at 10 + aspirated. Cycled to Whinfield, Bridgelands + Hospital + felt very fagged having had a very bad dyspeptic attack during the night. I could hardly take any tea. We had our first dish of strawberries + I sent some to Mrs Mack2. David3 came back tonight demobilised. He saw Tait with me + drew off the urine with one of our aspiration hoses.

1 Robert Tait, powerloom tuner, was tenant at No. 1 Goslaw Green [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/224, Selkirk Burgh, page 224 of 644]

2 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner had been mobilised prior to 15 April 1921 as tension grew in anticipation of strike action in support of the miners by transport and rail unions and, though though they finally announced a decision not to act in solidarity, some mobilisation continued

[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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