19 December 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Mild with S.W. [wind] gradually increasing to a gale at night: occasional drizzle but there must have been rain during the night as the roads were very wet. I motored to Essenside first thing + found Geo. Heard1 much better. Gave Chlor[oform] at Viewfield for Mrs Short2, Crosslee, curetting), Miss More3 (abscess right iliac fossa following appendectomy) + Mrs Thomson4, Chapel Street (curetting). Sent Guy5 a pheasant: wrote more cards for V.A.D.s re present for Princess Mary6. David7 had operation at 9 p.m. on Lizzie Walker8 + had Mrs Alec Brodie’s9 confinement at the Home after.

1 George Heard, born Wester Essenside, Ashkirk, 1917 [1917, 773/B 4, Ashkirk]

2 Assume Jane Short née Sandilands, wife of Walter Short, grieve, Inhabitant Occupier of a house at Crosslee, Ettrick in 1921 but recorded at a number of other Selkirkshire locations across the first quarter of the 20th Century; they had married 1903 at Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009- xxx xxx and marriage 1903, 779/1 1, Yarrow]

3 Miss More is not identified

4 Mrs Thomson, Chapel Street is not identified

5 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

6 Victoria Alexandra Alice ‘Mary’, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary; during the First World War Princess Mary made an enormous contribution to a number of welfare activities, many relating to women’s institutions such as the Girl Guide movement, the V.A.D.s, and the Land Girls, and she herself trained at a nurse from 1918, thus prior to her marriage in February 1922 there was extensive fund-raising for a wedding present

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

8 Lizzie Walker is not identified

9 Robert Steele Brodie, born 20 December 1921 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, the son of Alexander Johnston ‘Alec’ Brodie, joiner, and Sophia Anderson Brodie née Steele of 22 Forest Road, Selkirk; Robert was lost at sea “missing presumed drowned or killed”, 10 October 1942, when his ship S.S. Orcades was sunk (after a long fight) by submarine U-172 commanded by Kapitänleutnant Carl Emmermann [parents’ marriage, Alexander Johns ‘Alec’ Brodie and Sophia Anderson Steele, 1908, 778/ 40, Selkirk; birth, Robert Steele Brodie, 1921, 778/ 117, Selkirk; Commonwealth War Graves Commission ‘Junior Engineer Officer Robert Steele Brodie’]

[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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