12 September 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Very heavy rain during last night + pretty wet all day with several pearls of thunder between 2 + 3. Neither Dav. [Dr David Graham] nor I had any County work today. We gave Mrs Menteith chlor[oform], dilated the urethra + examined the bladder but found absolutely nothing. We also went out to circumcise the Dundas baby but D. found it wasn’t necessary. Tom sat about + walked in the town. We walked down to the Hospital after tea. There are two cases of Scarlet in. At night we went over part of my 1882 diary + recalled many incidents particularly the snow storm of December1.

1 The Editor can only quote “The heavy snowfall between the 4th and 8th December was the worst snowfall of 1882. Snow fell across southern Scotland, northern England and the northern-most parts of the Midlands. The snowstorm was known as the ‘Border Blizzard’. The depth of snow was reported to be over a metre high, with drifting causing roads and railways to be blocked … In Scotland, more than 30 cm of snow fell …” [https://premium.weatherweb.net/weather-in-history-1850-to-1899-ad/]

[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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