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

Torrential rain last night + some in the forenoon but fair after. There was a glint of sunshine at sunset + the glass was rising. I was 3x at Hospital + the girl Daisy Riddell1 with Diph + epistoris died at 6.20. I did little else + feel as if my mission in life was ended. David2 does all the work + I am gradually being shelved even in the matter of keeping the books. The girls + Tina3 motored over to tea with the Patons4 + returned by train.

1 Martha Riddell, woollen millworker, died 29 July 1921, aged 18, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, of “Diphtheria 6 days”; of 74 Back Row, Selkirk, she was the daughter of Jane Riddell, woollen millworker, who had afterwards (1915) married James Smith, general labourer

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

3 Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (about 1846-1924)

4 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means at Galashiels since they flitted in May 1918

[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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