25 April 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

It seems to make no difference where the wind blows from. It was S.W. + the ground was covered with snow this morning. It soon disappeared however before a brilliant sun. There was a little rain in the afternoon. I gave gas to Richardson, the policeman, at his house in Forest Road1 when Dav. operated for fistula in ano.2 Then at the home for a case of F. + C.3 I motored to Newtown to a meeting of the Div[ision]4 which was unusually well attended. McLagan of Duns5 left the Chair, which Fairfax6 took and Dixon7 was appointed Vice. I was reappointed Representative. Oliver8 resigned the Sec.ship + McWhan of Duns (M.O. for Berwickshire) was appointed.9 Got Dora’s photos10 from Edwards11 for Mrs Mack12, Jean13, Nancy14 + self.

1 George Richardson (about 1889-), Police Constable, born in the United States he was recorded as tenant at 87 Forest Road in the 1921 Census and in the 1921 and 1922 Valuation Rolls.

2 An expert reader has supplied a correction here. The text should read Fistula in ano – anal fistula – “A very painful condition” as the contributor notes.

3 Assume Chloroform and Forceps. The birth appears to have been that of Jane Christopherson Redpath Laidlaw (1923-1998), born 5.25 a.m. on 25 April 1923 at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk.

4 The Division was a part of the British Medical Association area that covered Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

5 Patrick Alexander Maclagan (1877-1949), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and surgeon, at Ayton, later at Biggar.

6 Norman Pigott Fairfax (1867-1953), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner, born West Bromwich, married at Marylebone, Middlesex, living at Caddon View, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire at this time, he died in Edinburgh.

7 Assume Charles James Whitehead Dixon (1867-1925), M.D. Edin., Medical practitioner, of 19 North Bridge Street, Hawick. Born June Quarter 1867, East Ward Registration District (Appleby – 1871 Census), Westmorland, died 8 October 1925. Graduated from Edinburgh University in M.D. 1895, before moving to Hawick. He often wrote poetry under his middle names as ‘James Whitehead’. In about 1924, Dr. Andrew Simpson, a veteran of the Royal Scots in the First World War, took over the surgery.

8 Assume Matthew James Oliver (1863-1951), M.B., C.M., D.P.H., medical practitioner, Medical Officer of Health to Roxburgh & Selkirk County Council, at Hawthorndean, St Boswells, 1921 Census. Born Morebattle, he married June Quarter 1895, Kingston Registration District, Surrey, Isabella Graham Wardrop (Kingston 2a 561), and died January Quarter 1951 (Brighton Registration District 5h 251).

9 Andrew Alexander McWhan (1881-1952); MB; Ch B; DPH; medical practitioner, sometime School Medical Officer and Medical Officer of Health for Berwickshire (resigned February 1946). Son of the Reverend John McWhan, rector of Cambuslang School, and Maggie McWhan née Ross, married 17 June 1879, Paisley. Andrew McWhan, at that time resident of Cupar, married, 28 December 1909, the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow, Mary Forrest of Cambuslang.

10 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, was living and working in Egypt.

11 A R Edwards, photographers, probably the most technically gifted photographers in the area.

12 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

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

14 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

[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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