2 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

(See Sunday May 2)

It rained heavily all night but kept fair today with a strong S.W. wind which dried the roads wonderfully. However about 7.30 it rained again. Attended Mrs R Beattie, Kirkwynd who had a s.1 [son] while I left to see Robt Currie2. Walked down to Pinegrove before morning service when Mrs Mathieson, Gala, preached. Jean Dora [Muir] went in morning, but Jean [Muir] not at all, remarking that she seldom went to church now. I had to see Mellalieu’s baby at 10 p.m. I fear it has Tabes mesenterica3.

1 Not identified

2 Robert Currie (about 1857-1923), hosiery manufacturer, of Rockville, Hillside Terrace had been getting regular visits from Dr Muir at this time

3 Tabes mesenterica is Tuberculosis of the mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymph nodes

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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