12 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Most disappointing weather. It poured all morning + up to mid afternoon. I had a small list of town cases + Philiphaugh to which I motored. Mrs Steel1 consulted me about her mother who has been threatened with appendicitis + I recommended Pussy Stewart2 should an operation be needed. Jack + Nancy3 came to dinner + I drew the 5th last bottle of Mrs Lang’s port4.

1 Assume Vere Mabel Strang Steel née Cornwallis (1889-1964), wife of Samuel Strang Steel, and her mother Mabel Cornwallis née Leigh (1866-1957).

2 William James ‘Pussy’ Stuart (1873-1959), C.B.E., M.B., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, consultant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and sometime president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; Born 17 December 1873, at 7 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh (but not registered until 6 March 1874), the son of the Reverend Doctor John Stuart, Minister of St Andrew’s Parish, Edinburgh, and Jessie Stuart née Duncan, married 14 May 1867 at Edinburgh.

Sources: the British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 5122, 1959, pp. 652–652. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25386853. Accessed 31 Oct. 2022.

3 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir.

4 Mrs Lang’s identity rather depends on how old the port was because Mrs Lang senior was Margaret Pattison Lang née Graham (1821-1914), the wife of Hugh Morris Lang (1817-1900), banker and landed proprietor; she was a close friend of Dr Muir’s but otherwise the best ‘fit’ must be Millicent Rose Lang née Graham (1863–1936) the wife of Hugh Graham Lang (1857–1939) who may have been the Occupier of Broadmeadows in 1922 (in which case the record – not the transcript- is incorrect) showing “Hugo C Lang” (1922 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/380, Selkirk County, page 380 of 611).

[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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