18 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fine day + sunny in the early part. Saw some cases walking + gave Isa Reid1 Chlor[oform] at Viewfield while Dav.2 did a laparotomy. The tumour turned out to be a distended full bladder with a lot of gall stones. There was also some Ascites3. She stood the anaesthetic well + her case looks more hopeful. Cycled to the Henhouse4 + then to Faldonside where I found Mrs Maycock5 quite well, the tonsillar abscess having been opened by Dav. yesterday. Helen + Nancy6 cycled to Ettrick Shaws7.

1 Isobel Reid (about 1877-1924), postmistress [sic] and Tenant of a house, shop and post office at Yarrowford [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/339, Selkirk County, page 339 of 611]; the daughter of John Reid, hotelkeeper, and Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Reid née Grieve, allegedly born Ratho, Midlothian, in 1911 she was at the Inn, Ettrickbridge, Kirkhope, with her aunt Mary Grieve [1911 Census]

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

3 Ascites refers to fluid in the abdomen and around the intestines

4 Henhouse, Hartwoodburn, Selkirk

5 Catherine Maycock née Gow (1874-1959), wife of George James Maycock (1877-1957), butler, later poultry farmer, at this time living at Lower Faldonside, Galashiels – see diary entry for 14th October 1921 for more detail

6 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

7 Ettrick Shaws or Ettrickshaws, Kirkhope

[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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