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

Showery in afternoon + pretty wet [?] at night. Robert Tait1, Goslaw Green came home yesterday from the Infirmary where he had his prostate removed by Pussy Stewart2. Dav.3 operated on Mrs ? Henderson4 (Buxton) at Viewfield + I gave Chlor[oform]. I had little else to do. Dora5, Tina + Chrissie6 had tea in the Deanburn7 + called for Boylan8. Read a story by Sir Geo. Douglas “A Man of Letters9 which Mrs Mack10 gave me.

1 Robert Tait, powerloom tuner, was tenant of a house at Goslaw Green, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/224, Selkirk Burgh, page 224 of 644]

2 William James ‘Pussy’ Stuart (1873-1959), C.B.E., M.B., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, consultant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and sometime president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; Born 17 December 1873, at 7 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh (but not registered until 6 March 1874), the son of the Reverend Doctor John Stuart, Minister of St Andrew’s Parish, Edinburgh, and Jessie Stuart née Duncan, married 14 May 1867 at Edinburgh.
Sources: Statutory BMDs; the British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 5122, 1959, pp. 652–652. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853. Accessed 31 Oct. 2022.

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

4 The wife of William Henderson, woodman and tenant at Buxton, or Buckstone as the Valuation Roll calls it [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/334, Selkirk County, page 334 of 611]

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

6 Assume Christina Robertson Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924) and Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1889-1960), one of her daughters, but the genealogy is not helped by the parents’ changes to names – Constance in the birth registration becomes Christina by the 1891 Census, the same given name as her younger sister Christina R R Patrick who appears in the same census, and their sister Andrina Edith Patrick was called Alexandria in the same Census; the Editor has ruled out Constance Mary ‘Christina’ Patrick (1882-) being either of the Patricks at Selkirk at this time in 1921 on the basis of her being referred to as Connie by Dr Muir on 16 August 1920

7 Presumably tea was taken in the woodland along the Dean Burn, Selkirk, which runs across the bottom of Pringle Park and along the south edge of Shawpark

8 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount and Shawpark, Selkirk

9 Sir George Brisbane Scott Douglas 5th Baronet (1856-1935), of Springwood Park, Kelso, who had published a novel ‘The Man of Letters’ in 1903

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

[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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