4 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Most extraordinary + sudden change to a mild warm atmosphere this morning + again to cold at night. What a climate! I walked down to Hospital1 + up by Sloethornbank + Pinegrove2. Gave Chlor[oform] for a couple of operations at Viewfield3. Attended meeting of the subscribers to our Hospital Fund4 at 3.30 where subscriptions to £213 were announced. Dees5 was there + gave £10. A Committee was [? formed] viz: Gibson6, Whitehope, Charlie Roberts7, 2 ladies [gap left in text] + Dundas8 as Treasurer + Sec.

1 Mauldsheugh, named ‘Mauldshaugh’ on the 1918 and 1920 Valuation Rolls, was Andrew Gray Lumgair’s old house later tenanted by Dr David Charteris Graham and used as his home and as the Medical Partnership’s hospital, the Editor assumes therefore that this is the ‘Hospital’ referred to frequently in the diaries (and sometimes at the same time as Viewfield, so they are clearly undertaking different functions for Muir & Graham); there is a reference, 29 January 1919 “He was taken to Mauldsheugh where he was operated on by Mr Fraser at 5. I gave Chlor[oform]. Fraser is a beautiful operator + the result was successful in the removal of an inflamed appendix.” [Heritage Hub SBA/657/22/15]

2 Pinegrove, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk does not appear to be recorded as a property name in the Valuation Rolls

3 Viewfield Nursing Home

4 Viewfield relied upon fund-raising until the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948

5 Assume Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1943), who had inherited approximately £90,000 on the death of his uncle Robert Richardson Dees, solicitor, of Wallsend, in 1908 and had taken the tenancy of Faldonside in 1920

6 Not identified, whether connected to Whitehope or otherwise

7 Charles Henry ‘Charlie‘ Roberts (1877-1954), tweed manufacturer

8 Assume Dundas William Claxton (1887-1968), solicitor, sometime County Clerk for Selkirkshire

[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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