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

Hard frost: sharp dry day N. [wind]. Was called up at 5 a.m. to see old Mrs Johnstone1, the slater’s widow, in Forest Road who had an attack of angina pectoris. Gave her a hypo of morphia. Was rather late for breakfast. Saw 8 cases + Hospital walking. Wrote Dora2 asking her to come + help Jean3: ordered 3 bottles [of] whisky from Sanderson4 for Pike5 + also sent A. K. H. Tot.6 + caps Amyl nitrite7. Made out some accounts. H.8 went to Picture Ho. with Mrs Mack9. At 10 p.m. had to get Mrs Geo. Smith10 into Viewfield for her confinement which I didn’t expect till the end of the month.

1 Mrs Margaret Johnstone née Redpath (about 1847-1922), widow of John Johnstone (about 1842-1904), master slater [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/165, Selkirk Burgh, page 165 of 644]

2 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

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

4 Conceivably William Sanderson & Son Ltd., distillers, Leith

5 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 but was gravely ill by this time

6 AKH has been referred to previously but is not (yet) identified

7 Amyl nitrite capsules were manufactured by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. for, amongst other things, the relief of Angina pectoris

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

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

10 Jean Robertson Hardie had married George Smith, joiner, 1920, at Selkirk [marriage, 1920, 778/ 48, 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

2 thoughts on “7 November 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. Jean Hardie’s daughter, Kathleen Thomson is 100 years old today! She is living in Riverside care home in Selkirk. She is my late mother’s cousin.

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