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

Was knocked up when I had been about 10 minutes in bed, at 11.40 for a case of appendicitis at Viewfield, a young man Brown1. Got back to bed at 2 + was rung up by Geo. Lawrie for his wife2. Went along + gave her a hypo of Heroin. Got finally to bed at 3. Motored over to Riddell to see Mark Sprot3 at 9.40 + was back in time to give anaesthetic at Viewfield for Mrs Lewis4 (bunion) + Mrs Neil5, Fairnilea (curetting). Had little else to do. Bank £67 odd including Simon Linton’s cheque for £62 6 06. Got my tackle ready for tomorrow at St Mary’s Loch with Sam Steel7. Saw Alastair Napier8 twice at Elmpark9. Sitting in the smoke room after dinner I was seized with renal colic and [illegible].

1 Brown is unidentified

2 Mrs Lawrie is unidentified though it may be possible to identify her when the 1921 Census is published later this year; she may be Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Laurie, wife of Robert Laurie (about 1851-1931), ironmonger, of Market Place and Fernlea, Anderson Road, Selkirk

3 Mark Sprot (1881-1946), landowner and army officer, of Riddell, Lilliesleaf

4 Mrs Lewis is unidentified but may be part of the Lewis family, booksellers at Selkirk

5 Perhaps the wife of James Neil, ploughman at Fairnilea, Caddonfoot

6 Dr Muir had attended Simon Linton (1836–1921), farmer, of Oakwood, Selkirk, prior to his death on 23 June 1921 and this must be his final account

7 Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

8 Alastair John George Malcolm Napier (1909-1984), son of Francis Edward Basil Napier, 12th Lord Napier of Merchistoun and the Hon. Clarice Jessie Evelyn Hamilton and thus Mrs Mackintosh’s first cousin once removed

9 Elm Park was the home of Mrs Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

[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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