6 February 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very sudden + keen frost last night: brilliant morning. Ice on [river ?] : snow equally dull in afternoon + frost much less. Examined 12 Belgians in Pollok office [sic] who are leaving tomorrow1. The Crombruggen ? from Lindean Mill and those from Sunderland Hall. Walked to Hospital, Gib & Lum + got to Mauldsheugh at 11 where D. [Dr David Graham] had 2 Ton + ad [tonsils and adenoids]. (One of them the late organist Dickson’s son). Baptie in bed with slight [fluing ?] after tea saw some more cases including Mrs Russell + at 4 had to go to see Mrs Wharton + her daughter with flue [sic]. Annie Little called on her way home on a fortnight sick leave2. She has rheumatism. H & D [Helen and Dora Muir] went to a concert + took Louise with my ticket3.

1 There was a very large influx of Belgian refugees during the First World War and references in Dr Muir’s diary reflect this; these are presumably some of the last to leave and are at the office of John Pollok (1858-1938) Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk

2 Ann Helen ‘Annie’ Little (1894-1968) of Hawkshaw, Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Dr Muir’s servant for 6½ years until early 1918 when she left go to Moffat Hydro Military Hospital on V.A.D. work

3 Louisa Jane Roberts (1906-1982), niece of Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s third and youngest daughters respectively

[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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