1 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A day of incessant wet, first drizzle + then rain. I was late at breakfast. Mrs Jas. Wilson1, Fauldshope called with a friend who [sic] girl had hurt her elbow. I saw a few cases walking + at 1.30 assisted Dav.2 while he operated on Mrs Baxter3 from Murrayfield. There was some doubt as to the condition but it turned out to be an enormous gall stone which pretty much filled the [illegible] bladder. It was nearly 4 before I got my lunch. Dora4 + the Baxter boys5 were away at 2.30 + so I am left all alone once more.

1 Mrs James Wilson is unidentified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

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

3 Perhaps Catherine Hellen Baxter née Wright (1869-), wife of John Baxter, foreman tuner and Proprietor of a house and garden at Murrayfield Cottages, Selkirk; they had married in 1896 at Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/207, Selkirk Burgh, page 207 of 644]

4 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

5 The boys are almost certainly Cyril Ross Baxter (1915-1997) and Erik Sandeman Baxter (1919–1999), sons of Lily Birgitta Baxter formerly Lindback and Harold Ross Baxter, manager, of 47 Södra Vägen 50, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden [Consular Returns 1915, 164/CL 161 and 1919, 164/CL 407]; they were the brothers of Enid Gordon Baxter, later Thorn (1917-2013) who appears in Dr Muir’s diary on a number of occasions in May 1922

[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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