1 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A better day with some sunshine but pretty cold. There are now 17 cases of Diph. in Hospital1 + 7 Scarlet [fever]. 2 new cases of Diph1. today. Gave Chlor[oform] at Viewfield for a case of tuberculous submaxillary gland. Wrote Jean3 in answer to a letter in which, poor girl, she writes very gloomily about Pike4. I have promised to see him next Sunday. Wrote Barbara5 also + Jenny Smith 6 who is at Peebles Hydro7.

1 Viewfield Nursing Home and Mauldsheugh ‘The Hospital’ (but see below), both in Selkirk and both used by the Muir and Graham medical partnership but in this case the reference may be 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 Selkirk had been suffering from a nasty and prolonged outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever

3 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

4 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), had married Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 at Newington, Edinburgh but by late 1921 he was gravely ill

5 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), Dr Muir’s eldest granddaughter

6 Assume Jenny Locke Smith (1882-1952), daughter of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer (about 1841-1899), and Katie Smith née Locke, who had married 23 April 1873, London; later of independent means, she died June 1952 at Lynedoch Place, Edinburgh, aged 70, her death reported by Isobel Rodger, ‘cousin’, of Comiston Drive, Edinburgh

7 Peebles Hydro, grid reference NGR NT26027,40525, hotel, hydropathic institute and sometime naval hospital, Dr Muir refers at this time to the new building which replaced that lost in the devastating 1905 fire; Canmore describes it as a “Hospital (First World War), Hotel (19th Century), Hotel (20th Century), Hotel (20th Century), Hydropathic Institute (20th Century), Hydropathic Institute (19th Century)” [Canmore ID 98207]

[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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