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

Snow lying again + a little falling this morning. There was some frost too + the roads + pavements were very slippery. There was a strongish S.W. wind + most of the snow disappeared. Two operations for appendicitis at Viewfield (Mrs Grandison + after Wilson1) which took from 11.15 till 1.15. Before that I walked to Hospital, Dunsdale, Mavisbank +c + in afternoon cycled to Ettrickbridgend + Beechwood nearly 16 [miles]. I had to walk Ettrick Road + Oakwoodmill Brae but rode Fauldshope + Hutlerburn. Met Dittmar2 + Kennedy3 re Hospital. Peggy Hunnam4 died at Hospital. Mrs Simpson5, Wellwood, fell + hurt her legs.

1 Mrs Grandison and Wilson are unidentified

2 Assume Frederick Dittmar (1869-1934), M.D., D.P.H., Medical Officer to the Scottish Board of Health, later the Department of Health for Scotland [birth, 1869, 685/5 246, Newington; death, Sep Quarter 1934, Dittmar, Frederick, Newbury 2c 258; obituary, “Dr. Frederick Dittmar.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3839, BMJ, 1934, pp. 236–236, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25321903.%5D

3 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.H. and Medical Officer of Health and School Medical Officer for Selkirkshire, 1921-about 1924

4 Margaret Williamson ‘Peggy’ Hunnam, born 5 July 1914 at 26 West Port, Selkirk; she was the daughter of William Hunnam, restaurateur, and Agnes Isabella Hunnam née Heatlie, married 13 May 1910 at Selkirk

5 Mrs Simpson, Wellwood

[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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