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

Tremendous S.W. gale which rapidly dried the roads but it was raining at night. The father1 of Wilfred Lees (of the Fairnilea motor accident2) who came here yesterday with his wife had a bad attack of biliary colic3 but was better today. He is staying in Viewfield Lodge. I motored to Cramalt, eating at Deuchar Mill. On St Mary’s Loch the spray was being swept along in columns. We had to [use] a lot of 2nd speed4, but we came back in an hour. I had a letter from Patrick5. Dav.6 brought Mr Cornwall7 to call who is Treasurer in Ed. for the Anglo Indian Homes8.

1 Wilfred Lees senior, wife of Alice Lees née Wilding and father of Wilfred Lees

2 Lees Wilfred, junior (1900-1942), plumber, born Preston, Lancashire who was on a motorbike holiday when he collided with a car at Fairnilea

3 A very helpful and expert reader assisted with the reading of this entry, writing that Mr Lees was suffering from an attack of biliary colic and that “He probably had gallstones and the colic was the result of them. Very painful.”

4 This appears to refer to the use of low gears in the car whilst climbing to St Mary’s Loch

5 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

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

7 James Cornwall (about 1850-1922), Indian Civil Service, retired, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 10 March 1922

8 This institution has not yet been identified but the fact that it is Dr Graham who is accompanying him may point to a connection with Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong, India, the children’s mission established by his parents Dr John Anderson Graham and Katherine Graham née McConachie

[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

2 thoughts on “25 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. I think Wilfred Lees father had an attack of biliary colic. He probably had gallstones and the colic was the result of them. Very painful.


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