27 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A splendid day: wind still N.W. but not so strong + had quite died away by evening. Walked to Clifton Road, Under Mill, Tweed Mill, Forest Mill, Forest Road, Market Place, Backrow +c + saw 9 cases not counting the mills. Went to a sale in connection with Girl Guides to introduce Mrs Jeffrey whose name I forgot when making my speech. Read a while in the bower. Lord Napier’s sequestration in announced in today’s Scotsman1. Late at night David did a Caesarean Section on a primipara from Bluecairn (who was Mrs Murray Brown’s nurse2). She had a very narrow pelvis + the child – a boy – was a big one3. I didn’t get to bed till 1.30.

1 The Editor has been unable to find information about Lord Napier’s Sequestration

2 It is possible that this refers to the wife of James Murray Brown who was the proprietor of the Traquair Arms, Innerleithen, 1925 Valuation Roll; it is a good fit geographically with their marriage at Peebles

3 John Halliday Stephen, born 11.30 p.m. on 27 May 1922 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, the son of John Ritchie Stephen, dairyman, of Bluecairn, Bowhill, Selkirk, and Mary Amos Stephen née Halliday, married 22 June 1921, Peebles; his difficult birth did John Stephen no apparent harm and he died in the Scottish Borders in 2017, aged 95

[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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