10 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sharp dry frost which improved the roads till they softened in the Sun, but there was no thaw proper + it was hard at night. I was for three hours from 11 at Viewfield1 giving Chlor[oform] first to Gaza Graham2 for a cervical abscess + then to Mrs Wm Douglas3 for repair of the laceration caused at her confinement. In the afternoon I cycled to Curror Street, Dunsdale, Hospital, Briarbank, The Floors4 + Tait’s Hill. Was called to Mrs Geo. Laurie5 at 8.20 p.m. + got her over about 11. Unfortunately the child, a boy, was dead. I used the forceps quite easily but the [three illegible words] still did not account for the death.

1 Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, the Muir and Graham medical partnership’s maternity home

2 Assume Gaza Isabella Graham (1917-2010), born 10 July 1917 at Whitefield, Yarrow, daughter of John Graham, woollen millworker, formerly Private, K.O.S.B., and Isabella Graham née Amos, married January 1917 at Yarrow

3 Annie Davidson had married William Millar Douglas, shoemaker, 29 April 1921 at Heatherlie Manse, Selkirk and their son George Huntley Douglas had been born 28 January 1922 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk [1921, 778/ 10, Selkirk]

4 The Floors, Heath Park, Selkirk, Proprietor Occupier James George Chalmers, solicitor [1922 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/275, Selkirk Burgh, page 275 of 644]

5 Mrs George Lawrie is not yet identified with absolute confidence but may be Christina E Lees who had married George Brown or Lawrie, railway lorryman, on 28 April 1905 at Heatherlie Manse [1905, marriages, 778/ 13, Selkirk]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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