2 July 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A pretty busy day. Weather like yesterday. A little dull in afternoon. Banked £180 odd for M + G.1 + cashed some Divies [?] for myself. Cycled to Curror Street, Hospital +c + Heatherlie + saw 13 cases + then went on to Sprot Homes2 + Lilliesleaf where at 2.30 I got an urgent ‘Phone to Snowie3, Middlestead, who left the Home today. Cycled there in 40 minutes + found her very ill. Came home + motored back + gave a hypo of Morph for severe pain in right side. Had tea at Heatherlie Hill4 where they were having golf croquet + then went to Curror Street to see Millar5 who is dying with uraemia. Called at Viewfield for Miss Davidson6 + then went back to Middlestead + gave digitalis hypo.

1 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnership

2 Sprot Homes refers to the homes provided at Lilliesleaf by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

3 Helen Wood Snowie, daughter of Alexander Helen Wood Snowie, ploughman, and Elizabeth Swan Snowie née Ruckbie; he was Inhabitant Occupier not rated of a house at Middlestead, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/327, Selkirk County, page 327 of 611]

4 Heatherlie Hill was the home of John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012 …]

5 James Millar, woollen pattern weaver, unmarried, died 2 July 1921, aged 58, at 39a Curror Street, Selkirk (the home of Thomas Millar, millworker), usual residence Pink Bank, Walkerburn, of Chronic Nephritis, death certified by J S Muir M.B. etc

6 Miss Davidson is not (yet) identified

[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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