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

Was called up at 12 for Mrs Anderson1, Craighill + got back before 4. Was late for breakfast.

A fine day with sharpish NW wind … Mild morning making inside walls + windows damp. Had operations at Viewfield viz Agnes Wallace2 (double hernia), child Rigg”3 T + A4 + John Elliot5, Ladylands papilloma of hand. Tom Alexander6 was there for a while also Alice Smith7 + girl Hogg8. I did nothing else but walk down to hospital. Dora9 + I dined at Whitmuirhall10. Dunlop11 wonderfully well + as cheery as ever. He gave us (or rather one as Tom doesn’t take Port) a bottle of Offley’s ‘9612. It was colder at night.

1 Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson, had a baby on 1 August 1921 at Craighill, Ettrick; the second wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, they had married 7 March 1919, at Ettrick

2 Agnes Wallace has not (yet) been identified

3 The child is not identified but Mrs Jeannie Rigg, widow and ‘residenter’, was at 20 Forest Road, Selkirk [1921 Valyation Roll, VR007900012-/171, Selkirk Burgh, page 171 of 644]; a residenter being one of long residence in Scotland and the north of England, a word used by Sir Walter Scott in ‘The Fortunes of Nigel’, 1822

4 Tonsils and Adenoids

5 John Elliot, retired forester, is recorded as tenant at the Old Tollhouse, Kingcroft, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/334, Selkirk County, page 334 of 611]

6 Tom Alexander is unidentified

7 Alice Barbara Stewart Smith (1892-1970), of the Firs, Selkirk, daughter of Patrick Smith, advocate, and Alice Smith née Paterson; a medical practitioner, M.B., Ch.B. (Edin. 1920), M.D. (Edin. 1929), Diploma in Public Health, Dublin, 1922, Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, 1931, Alice worked in a number of medical instructions but spent most of her adult life in India and died 31 January 1970 at Amherst Cottage, Kodaikanal, South India

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

9 The child Hogg is not identified

10 Whitmuirhall was east of Selkirk, just beyond the racecourse, grid reference NGR NT504,274

11 Assume Charles Walter Dunlop (1846-1922), merchant, of Whitmuirhall, Selkirk but conceivably one of his sons

12 Offley was established in 1737 by William Offley as a wine trading company but it soon began to produce its own port, as it still does

[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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