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

Still very cold. Wind N. Dry here but hail + rain up the valleys. Rivers very full. David1 had an operation at 11 a.m., an osteo sarcoma of iliac crest in a Mrs Simpson of Earlston.2 This kept us till 1. After lunch motored to Henderland + found Mitchell3 keeping much better. White Coombe4 merited its name! When I got back at 4.40 I found that Dav. had wanted [?] me at the Home for a Caesarean Section but when I went over I found he had managed with long forceps.

Letter from Dora5 dated 6th

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

2 Mrs Simpson is so far unidentified.

3 Assume James Mitchell senior (about 1854-1929), farmer and tenant at Henderland Farm, Megget parish, north of St Mary’s Loch. For more detail see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 12 May 1923.

4 White Coomb, Megget, above the Grey Mare’s Tail, 821 metres (prominence 374 metres), grid reference NT163,150, would have been visible to Dr Muir’s south west from the St Mary’s Loch area.

5 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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