9 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another most delightful day. Calm: bright mild: I had to put on my lightest under clothing. I was not at Church either morning or evening. Walked to Hospital: 4 new cases of Diph.1 admitted + among them a third Wylie2. Helen3 + I lunched at Philiphaugh. Sam Steel4 gave me the handsome donation of £50 for Viewfield5. Jack6, Nancy7 + Mrs Mack8 supped with me.

1 An outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever had been running in Selkirk since the summer of 1921

2 James Wylie, labourer, and his family lived at Market Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll]

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

4 Major Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., of Philiphaugh, Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

5 Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk, purchased by Dr Muir in 1920 for the Muir and Graham co-partnery

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, and Dr Muir’s son-in-law

7 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

8 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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