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

Brilliant morning + fine up till 5 when there were showers of hail + rain. Mrs Wm Emond, South Port1 on the straw but still in fine shape at 7 p.m. Dav.2 had a very protracted op. on Mrs Ramsay, Yarrow Terrace.3 He tried to do a [illegible] but the uterus was adhered + so had to do a Colporraphy.4 Mrs R was 2 hours under the anaesthetic. After tea cycled to Shawpark, Tweed Mill + Cannon Street. Helen5 + Nancy6 cycled to Howford + saw Netta Thomas.7 Letter from Dora.8

1 William Angus Emond was born 27 April 1923 at South Port, Selkirk, the son of William Emond, woollen mill foreman, and Agnes Angus Hogg Emond née Tait, married 4 June 1920 at Innerleithen [1923, 778 / 31, Selkirk].

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

3 Presumably Margaret Hay or Simpson Ramsay, formerly Kirkland, formerly Graham, née Simpson (1866-1935), widowed power loom weaver who married Walter Ramsay (1867-1949), widower and woollen mill worker at 9 Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, 13 June 1912. He was at 36 Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk, 1921 Census and 1923 Valuation Roll but his wife was not recorded at home on Census Night 1921, instead she was recorded as a visitor of the Combe family at East Arthur Place, St Leonard, Newington, Edinburgh.

4 Colporrhaphy is a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse.

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

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

7 Netta Thomas is as yet unidentified.

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

[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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