16 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Was called up at 5 a.m. for Mrs Adam Neil, Whitmuir who had a d. [daughter] before I arrived.1 The placenta was adherent + I had to give Chlor[oform] to remove part of it. Went back in afternoon + douched her. Mrs Miller died this forenoon.2 I saw her before breakfast. Did a small town list in forenoon. Was called at 4.30 to a Salv[ation] Army. Gave them a lecture about sending in the morning.3 Thick mist + drizzle all day : very mild S.W. [wind].

1 Jane Elliott Scott Neil (1923-2013), born 16 January 1923 at Whitmuir, Selkirk, daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott who had married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam [birth: 1923 78 / 2, Selkirk].

2 Mrs Margaret Miller née Miller (about 1852-1923), died 11.30 a.m. on 16 January 1923 aged 71 at 22 Forest Road, Selkirk, of “Broncho-pneumonia 8 days” as certified by John S Muir M.B., C.M. She was the widow of William Miller, general labourer [1923 Statutory registers Deaths 778/ 6].

3 The Editor isn’t sure of the implication of this but assumes that Dr Muir means they should have sent for him in the morning, but, if that is what he means, the Editor does not recall this complaint having made previously in almost eight years of diary transcription.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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