12 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A very busy day, Dav. [Graham] being away in Edinburgh. Was called up at 12 a.m. for Mrs Moodie1, Viewfield, + removed an abortion after which she nearly collapsed. At 2 [? 7 a.m.] they came for me + I saw her 4 times during the day. She died in the evening. Saw some cases in town + cycled to Lewinshope where I vacc[inated] 12. Got message to Newarkmill + later an urgent one to Gamescleuch to Mrs Taylor2. Found that D. was coming direct to Lilliesleaf + tried to hire but everything was at Hawick so at 5.30 I cycled + Dav. Brunton met me at Hutlerburn [?] with his car. Met Turnbull3 of Hawick’s locum at Gamescleuch, a man Johnston, a New Zealander. He thought Mrs T dying. She was confined on the 4th. Did what we could. Cycled home against a strong E. wind + my saddle spring broke. Dav. [Graham] met me at Newhousehaugh4 + motored me home. Dora [Muir] arrived.

1 Isabella Hutton Moody née Scott died at 6.20 p.m. on 12 June 1920, aged 34, at Viewfield Nursing Home, usual residence Black Andro, Bowhill, Selkirk, of “tuberculosis of lungs and septicaemia following miscarriage”, death certified by D Charteris Graham M.B., Ch.B., informant James Wallace Moody, forester

2 Elizabeth Simpson Taylor née Tully, wife of Alexander Taylor, farmer, died 7.30 a.m. on 13 June 1920, aged 24, at Gamescleuch, Ettrick, of “Septic Thrombosis lower extremity, Pyæmia 9 days and Heart Failure 2 days”, her death was notified by John M Taylor her brother-in-law, of Ashybank, Hawick, and certified by W H Johnston M.D., F.R.C.S.E. – pyæmia is blood poisoning (septicæmia) caused by the spread in the bloodstream of pus-forming bacteria

3 Dr Andrew Turnbull was at Union Street, Hawick, 1920 Valuation Roll

4 Newhousehaugh, Kirkhope, between Singlie and Kirkhope, grid reference NGR NT373,230

[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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