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

Some fine showers today + continuous rain up the valleys. West wind. The pastures already seem greener. Diphtheria increasing. 4 new cases today. Motored to Hospital + Faldonside + in afternoon walked to Deepslade1, Whitmuir + Whitmuirhall. Vaccinated Neil’s child2 at Whitmuir + delivered Com. [Communion] cards to Harvey3, Whitmuir + Hall4, Whitmuirhall. Came back over Gala Rigg5. Got a nurse from Ed. for Hospital6.

1 Deepslaid or Deepslaids, south side of Selkirk Common, grid reference NGR NT486,268

2 Agnes Grey Neil, later Caie (1921-1987), daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott who had married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam; born 14 April 1921, the daughter of Adam Grey Neil, forester and joiner, and Christina Neil née Scott, married 4 April 1919 at Oxnam [1921, 778/ 32, Selkirk and 1919, 802/A 1, Oxnam]; the family was at Whitmuir, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]; she married, 1943, Aberdeen South, George Andrew Caie, and died 1987, Dunkeld, Perthshire

3 John Lawson Harvey, ploughman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Whitmuir [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

4 William Hall, dairyman, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated, also at Whitmuir rather than Whitmuirhall as noted by Dr Muir [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

5 Gala Rigg, east of Selkirk, grid reference NT495,273

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

[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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rumblingclint

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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