24 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fine clear sunny day. N. wind. Colder. Looked like frost at night. Walked to Cannon Street, Dunsdale, Hospital + Pinegrove + at 11.30 gave Chlor[oform] to Mrs William Douglas (Katie Davidson)1 while David2 operated for incontinence of rectum. Got draft for £3 + sent it to Patrick.3 Wrote Jean4, Sunday being the anniversary of Pike’s death.5 Got letter from Mary.6 Helen7 cycled to Melrose + spent the day with Mrs Kennedy.8

1 Mrs William Douglas or Katie Davidson is, so far, unidentified.

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

3 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902.

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter.

5 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), son of Samuel T Pike and Esther Pike née Wilkins, married, 15 June 1920, Mayfield U.F. Church, Newington, Edinburgh, Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir; at their marriage both were living (at different premises) in East Preston Street, Edinburgh, he died 26 November 1921, of Phthisis pulmonalis, at Lutton Place, Edinburgh, just off South Clerk Street, Newington, aged 39.

6 Mary Jane Wallace née Muir (1836-1933), one of Dr Muir’s sisters.

7 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

8 Assume Mary Balfour Kennedy née Alison (1889-1978), wife of William Nicol Watson Kennedy, 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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