11 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

No apparent frost but a dusting of fine hail visible. S.W. at first but no warmth except in the sun. Duller in afternoon + slight shower. Walked to Hosp. +c + went to Viewfield at 11 when D.1 removed a small ovarian cyst from a Mrs Robertson2 from Gala + her left breast from poor Martha Ingles3. This took me till 2 [word deleted] when I cycled down to see Mrs Beattie4, Goslaw Green, who died at 5. I fell mounting my bicycle + hurt my right knee. Mrs Kennedy5 came here while her husband was lecturing + had supper + Kennedy6 came in + had a smoke + drink. Mrs K is a particularly lively person.

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

2 Mrs Robertson is unidentified

3 Assume Martha Scott Ingles (1873-1945)

4 Mrs Helen Beattie née Lees (1861-1922), born 13 June 1861 at Henderson’s Court, Selkirk, died 11 April 1922 at 12 Goslaw Green, Selkirk, the daughter of William Lees, coal agent, later carter, and Margaret Lees née Lowrie, married 29 June 1850 at Selkirk; Helen Lees was married to Adam Beattie, woollen mill drawer

5 Mary Balfour Kennedy née Alison (b.1889), daughter of John Alison, teacher of Mathematics and Physics, and Margaret Jane Alison née Orr, had married William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961) on 27 February 1915 at Morningside United Free Church, Edinburgh

6 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

[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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