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

Pleasant day with cool almost sharp SE wind. 5 weeks today since there was any rain to do good. A girl Campbell1 from a caravan who came into Hospital2 last night with what Dav.3 thought was Diph[theria] died this evening of Malignant Scarlet Fever. Saw her three times + was present when she died at 7.20. Was not out of town. Made out some accounts. Dav. had a confinement at Fauldshope (Duguid4). Dora5 + Crissie6 had a walk to Bridgelands, St Helen’s + Broomhill7.

1 Alice Campbell, died 13 July 1921, aged 16, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence 25 Home Street, Hamilton, of “Malignant Scarlatina 5 days” certified by “Dr John S Muir M.B. +c” [1921, 778/ 52, Selkirk]

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 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

4 James Duguid, born 12 July 1921 at Fauldshope Cottages, Kirkhope, daughter of Francis Duguid, ploughman, and Helen Duguid née Graham, married 30 April 1915, Peebles [1921, 776/ 4, Kirkhope]

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

6 Christina Robertson Rodger ‘Christy’ or ‘Chrissie’ Patrick (1891-1960), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

7 Bridgelands, St Helen’s and Broomhill are close together, north east of Selkirk, and visible on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XII, publication date 1863

[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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