15 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Hoar frost again but less … + dense fog. It was calm + dry but the sun hardly even came through. I finished my report before going onto give [?] Mrs Pattison1, Rosemount (formerly 34 Tower Street) chlor[oform] + replaced her retroverted uterus + applied a Hodge [pessary]. Attended meeting of Hospital Committee. Saw Minnie Brown2 re presentation of medals by Wallace3. At 5.20 at Home gave Walt. Miller4 chlor[oform] to have an abscess in his wounded arm opened.

1 Mrs Pattison is not identified; the Kirkpatrick family was at Rosemount so that would suggest she was a servant, it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year

2 Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who served in Egypt and France 1916-1919

3 Sir David Wallace (1862-1952), KBE, CBE, CMG., LL.D, FRCSEd. medical practitioner and British Red Cross Commissioner for the South East District of Scotland, was invited to award medals at the Victoria Hall on 30th March to members of the 2nd Selkirkshire Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) for their war service [sources: ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s Presentation of Medals’, The Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922; https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/surgeon/3771473-david-wallace%5D

4 Walter Miller is unidentified and does not appear to have been referred to by Dr Muir recently, it may be possible to identify him when the 1921 Census is published later this year

[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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