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

I hadn’t a single thing to do till I got a message to see Williamina Scott1, Dovecot in the afternoon. [word deleted] but I was for 2 hours solid standing to give Chlor[oform] first for Nelly Turnbull2 whose breach D. removed + Jas. Riddell3 from whose elbow he removed some tuberculous bone. Made out accounts. Attended Mrs Little4, Croft Terrace who had a d. at 6.20. p.m. Dora5, Crissie6 + Miss Campbell7 went in the car to Glenkinnon8 + called for Mich [?] Glendinning9. There were a few drops of rain in the morning + evening but nothing at all. Letters from Guy and Helen10.

1 Williamina Scott, Dovecot is presumably Miss Wilhelmina Keddy Scott (about 1844-1923), dressmaker, who was proprietor of a house and garden at 22 Dovecot Park, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/131, Selkirk Burch, page 131 of 644]

2 Nelly Turnbull’s baby does not appear to have survived and Dr Muir’s phrasing here is not positive

3 Assume James Riddell, millworker, who was tenant at 3 Inglis Close, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/153, Selkirk Burch, page 153 of 644]

4 Jean Messer Little, born 15 July 1921, daughter of James Little, cabinetmaker, and Jean Little née Walker, married 1913, Selkirk [1921, 778/76, Selkirk]

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

6 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (c.1846-1924), daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official, and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

7 Miss Sarah Campbell is unidentified

8 The Glenkinnon Burn descends from the back of Elibank and Traquair Forest, descends through grid reference NGR NT425,339 and debouches into the River Tweed immediately above Ashiestiel Bridge.

9 Assume Michael Glendinning (d.1922), retired farmer, tenant occupier, house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish [1919 + 1920 Valuation Rolls] and formerly the tenant at Williamhope [1905 Valuation Roll]

10 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), United Free Church of Scotland Minister, Dr Muir’s brother and his wife Helen Drysdale Wilson (though if the text reads letters – as it may – then Helen will refer to Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’’s third daughter)

[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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