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

Another day of fog but the frost gone + all the beauty disappeared. There was a slight shower of sleety snow before daybreak. The roads were very slippery. The tracheotomy case is doing well. Two more cases of Diph. admitted1. We reached our 1,000th case at the Hospital2 the other day. Motored to Greenhill3 + round town in forenoon + to Philiph stables after. Mrs Mack4 ‘Phoned from Ed. that she had seen Jean5 who wrote that Pike’s6 funeral is tomorrow.

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 difficult to be confident which building Dr Muir is referring to here, Mauldsheugh or the Infectious Diseases Hospital

3 Dr Muir had been attending Elizabeth Mill (1872-1954) who lived with her brother John Spottiswoode Mill at Greenhill, Ashkirk, see 26 November 1921 diary entry for fuller detail

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

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

6 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), sometime theatrical agent and husband of Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir, had died 26 November 1921

[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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