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

Still to the cold side. Clear sky in morning: some showers in forenoon: fine + calm at night S.W. Cycled round town + to Linglie Cottages: back to Heather Mill, where I got a message to Cairney1, Yair – case of Scarlet [Fever]. Came back by Hospital. May Smith, Broomhead2 worse, rigor3 + t. 105. Saw her with Dav. [Graham] + got her away to Hospital in the St Andrew’s Ambulance car. Mrs Henderson + Jessie went with her. Dav. busy at Viewfield. Sent chest of drawers to Jean [Muir]. Miss Turnbull went over to concert at Gala cycling.

1 Possibly William Cairney (c.1894-), groom

2 Possibly Broomhead, 34 Scott’s Place, Selkirk, John Smith tenant occupier, 1920 VR

3 A rigor is an episode of shaking or extreme shivers which may occur with high fever

[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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