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

Gave Mrs Mellalieu Scopolamine, atrop + morph[ine]. Probably 1/4 gr of the latter was too much as the pains were arrested. Gave chlor[oform] + delivered at 9.30 a.m. a d. [daughter1]. Got some sleep in an easy chair. Motored to Bowhill + thought Mrs Ordish2 less well. Was called back to see her at night when she had a temp. of 103o. Some of the family arrived today3. Called for Mrs Steedman4 who has been in bed for a fortnight. David [Graham, co-partner] was at Ovenscloss. Mrs Mackintosh + Rita came to tea.

1 Dorothy Mary Mellalieu, daughter of William Norman Mellalieu, music teacher, and Judith Anne Mellalieu née Hardwick, born 6 November 1919 at Roseneuk, The Glebe, Selkirk; her parents had married 1 September 1915 at Bebington, Cheshire

2 Hannah Ordish (about 1845-1920), housekeeper at Bowhill

3 The Editor assumes that this refers to the anticipated visit of the Scott family, proprietors of Bowhill, see diary entry for 29 October 1919

4 Perhaps Mrs Mary Isabella Jameson Steedman née Hay, widow of James Strathearn Steedman, solicitor, who had died in 1918

[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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