22 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another very fresh day damp but no rain. Letter from Dora1 from Copenhagen. She thinks she may be going to Cherbourg. Saw [after?] Scott, Ettrickhaugh Road then after [?] D. then went on to Bowhill, Ovenscloss (Carruthers), Sunderland Hall + Hospital. Three cases of Dip [Diphtheria] in one family from Sloethornbank of [Dr] Hiddleston’s, one child moribund. D. gave it a chance with a tracheotomy but it died2. It had been ill since Sunday. D. came up to address accounts at 3 + I attended [illegible] of Redcross Bridge at 4.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, nursing in the Baltic

2 George Thom Snowden, son of John Screen Snowden, tailor and Private 20096 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and formerly of Duchlage Road, Crieff, and Alice Snowden née Thom, died 22 January 1919, aged one year, one month, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence Sloethornbank, Selkirk, of Diphtheria, certified by Dr David Charteris Graham, Dr Muir’s co-partner

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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