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

Bright morning + a nice breezy dry day up till about 4 after which it was pretty wet. I had a fairly busy day. Wired Bousfield1 for some more swabs. Walked to Buccleuch Road + Heather Mill where I took swabs from 28 workers in the Pattern Room. Then I cycled to Mill Street, Tait’s Hill, Rockville, Haining Stables, Green Square, Ettrickhaugh Cottages, Hospital + Goslaw Green. After lunch motored to Scaurneuk returning by Buccleuch Road (Mrs Hudson2)) + Oakhurst3. Dav.4 came back at 6. The fish I bought yesterday turned out [illegible text]. At Scaurneuk I took 100ʒ of blood5 from John Geddes6.

1 Assume Guy William John Bousfield (1893-1974), M.B, M.D., who in 1921 took over the Camberwell Research Laboratories established in 1891 by his father Edward Collins Bousfield (1855-1921), L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S, D.P.H., R.C.P.S., medical officer and bacteriologist, who had died in January 1921; in 1929 Bousfield was to publish ‘A Practical Guide To The Schick Test And Diphtheria And Scarlet Fever Immunisation’ [Sources: Statutory BMDs and Census; ‘G. W. J. Bousfield M.D.’, obituary, British Medical Journal, 14 September 1974; Wellcome Trust; London, England; Collection: The Medical Directory, 1910; Reference: b21330724_i13765826 and Wellcome Trust; London, England; Collection: The Medical Directory, 1942; Reference: b21330724_i13766405 the last two accessed 2021.08.03]

2 Mrs Hudson, Buccleuch Road, is unidentified but John Hudson, roadman, was Tenant of a house 65 Buccleuch Road [1925 Valuation Roll, VR007900013-/106, Selkirk Burgh, page 106 of 315]

3 John S Nichol, mill manager, was Tenant of a house and garden Oakhurst, Viewfield Park, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Rolls VR007900012-/170, Selkirk Burgh, page 170 of 644]

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

5 The dram or drachm symbol ʒ is a unit mass or of volume in medicine

6 John Geddes, shepherd, to 1921 and Mrs Margaret Geddes née Graham (about 1855-1937), 1922 onwards, were Proprietor Occupiers of a house, Scaurneuk, Yarrowfeus, Yarrow [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/340, Selkirk County, page 340 of 611]

[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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