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

Blowy showery day with some sunny intervals. 4 more cases of Diph[theria] admitted to Hospital1 today making 9 in all which with 6 Scarlet make the largest number resident at one time for a good many years. I was only in town. Wrote Helen2 + sent her £7 10 0 for her Irish trip. She has gone to Frank Muir’s3. Was twice at Hospital. Went to pictures with Dora4 + Christy5 to see “Romance of Tarzan”6.

1 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]

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

3 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer and Dr Muir’s nephew, Helen’s cousin

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

5 Christina Robertson ‘Christy’ Patrick (1889-), daughter of Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger and David Patrick, solicitor, of Hamilton

6 ’Romance of Tarzan’, 1918 but now lost, was the second film in what we would now call the Tarzan franchise, based on the later parts of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan of the Apes’, 1912

[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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