14 February 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

It was a great surprise this morning to find everything covered with snow. There had been heavy [?] fall + every twig was snow encrusted. There wasn’t a breath of wind + the trees remained at night as they were in the morning. Feeling my cold I kept bed all day. David1 had to go to Altrieve2 + (luckily before going) a message down to Dalgleishhope3 which turned out to be a boy Murray about 14 with appendicitis.4 He was brought down to the Home + went across at 10 + gave the anaesthetic.

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

2 Altreive, Yarrow, grid reference NGR NT28613,22575.

3 Dalgleishhope, Ettrick, indicative grid reference NGR NT25210,08780.

4 Murray is unidentified.

[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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