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

Cold dry day till even night when there was some heavy rain. There is nothing for me now but pottering round the town. Three more cases1 admitted to Hospital2 + one dismissed. Winifred Armitage3 left this morning. Helen4 went to Galashiels with her.

1 There was a long-standing outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever in Selkirk, through a large part on 1921 and into the following year

2 It might reasonably be assumed that the Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever cases would be treated at the Infectious Diseases Hospital at the north end of the Selkirk Hills but Dr Muir seems to have used the word interchangeably for Mauldsheugh and that isolation unit

3 Margaret Winifred Armitage (1874-1970), daughter of William Armitage, cotton merchant, and Margaret Petrie Armitage; her sister Dorothy had married Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, son of the Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir Dr Muir’s brother, and thus Dr Muir’s nephew

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

[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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