7 May 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very fine day + just the right temperature. Saw eleven cases walking between 10 + 12 + then cycled to the Hospital. After lunch made out Factory + some other accounts.1 Mended [?] the Ordnance map case.2 Gave Chlor[oform] at 9.30 to Dundas’ second boy3 at Viewfield = a very acute case of appendicitis with rupture + peritonitis complicated with tubercular glands. We were almost 1½ hours over it.

1 Evidently Dr Muir was still involved in factory inspection, part of his role as Medical Officer of Health.

2 Dr Muir was probably planning to take the map case, presumably transparent and waterproof, with him on his holiday to Portsmouth.

3 James Strathearn Dundas (1918-1944), son of William Claxton Dundas, solicitor, and Jessie Dundas née Mackintosh. Born 1 May 1918, when Dr Muir attended after the event, James died 25 September 1944 at Arnhem and is commemorated as James Strathern [sic] Dundas, Service Number: 100912, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 7th (Airborne) Battalion, buried Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem, Oosterbeek War Cemetery, cemetery reference 2. C. 3.

[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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