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

Dull morning but cleared up in afternoon. Had another miserable night with dyspepsia but got a little better by at night: took very little breakfast or lunch but more dinner. Was for fully 2 hours giving Chloroform to Wilfred Lees1 at Viewfield while David2 clamped the broken tibia. It was cleverly done + I hope will be successful as it was the first time D. had done it. In afternoon motored to Scaurneuk (Jo. Geddes3 a shock), Sundhope + Whitehope (to see Jessie Welsh4, daughter of Jo. Welsh5 of Bengerburnhope6). The Patons7, who were collecting for the Bible Society, stayed the night here. Dora8 was at the Picture House with Mrs Mack9.

1 Wilfred Lees’ identity was finally revealed at the trial of Dugald Cowan Shankland (1870-1941), shipowner, for a motoring offence which was reported in the Southern Reporter of 15 December 1921; he was Wilfred Lees junior (1900-1942), a plumber, born Preston, Lancashire the son of Wilfred Lees and Alice Lees née Wilding who had married March Quarter 1890, and was on a motorbike holiday when a collision took place at Fairnilee with Shankland’s car, Lees died April Quarter 1942 but whether his injuries contributed to his relatively early death is not known [birth, Dec 1900, Preston 8e 521; parents’ marriage, Mar 1890, Preston 8e 716]

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

3 John Geddes, shepherd, to 1921 and Mrs Margaret Geddes née Graham (about 1855-1937), 1922 onwards, were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

4 Jessie Welsh, later Murray (1906-1997), born Easter Essenside, Ashkirk, daughter of John Welsh, shepherd, and Jane Welsh née Inglis who had married 1903 at Wilton, Roxburghshire; at Broadmeadows around 1909-10, the family appear to have flitted to Yarrow around 1911, first at Old Tinnis, later at Mountbengerhope

5 John Welsh was Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Mount Bengerhope, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- /337, Selkirk County, page 337 of 611]

6 Assume Mountbengerhope, grid reference NGR NT303,274, the name of which Dr Muir appears to have conflated with Mountbengerburn a little to the south

7 The Patons were Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census], formerly of Selkirk they had flitted to Galashiels in May 1918

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

9 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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