29 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fine day. Dull at first then sunny + warm: delightful cool N.E. breeze which became rather chilly at night. Fairly busy day. Had to see Mrs Walt. Hope1 twice with a [illegible] sacral abscess. Saw 9 town cases walking + cycled to Hospital2 (where a little girl with Dip., who came in on Monday, died3), Dunsdale Gas Works (case of Scarlet), + Bluecairn. After dinner had to go down to Sloethornbank to Mrs T. Scott4 who had a strangulated hernia which I reduced under Chlor[oform]. H5 + Peter6 dined at Elmpark7. Got letters from John Moir8 + John McDougal9.

1 Assume Helen Hope née Amos of Phenzhopehaugh, Ettrick

2 The Infectious Diseases Hospital (19th-20th Century), was at Buxton, grid reference NGR NT48515,28659, just east of Ashburn and Buxton Cottage at the north end of the Selkirk Hills, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire sheet XII.NW, revised 1930 [Source: Canmore ID 353686 Canmore Permalink]

3 Jane Riddell, died 29 June 1921, aged 2 years 5 months, of “Diphtheria 9 days” at the Infectious Diseases Hospital; she was the daughter of James Riddell, woollen millworker, and Annie Riddell née Stewart and lived at Inglis Close, Selkirk [Statutory registers Deaths 778/ 46]

4 Thomas Scott, millworker, was a tenant at Sloethornbank, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/184, Selkirk Burgh, page 184 of 644]

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

6 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

7 Elmpark, Selkirk, home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

8 John Wilson Moir (1843-1926), M.D., medical practitioner, sometime of St Andrew’s, Fife, see also diary entries for 24 and 26 June 1921

9 Dr John McDougal was one of Dr Muir’s oldest friends, see also diary entries for 24 and 26 June 1921

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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