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

Frost gone: rain during night mild + dull: very dark at 3. Message to Willie Cochrane1, Whitmuirhall (gum boil). Went out in the Straker Squire2 + then down to Faldonside + Hospital. Child Heard3 still living. Saw it again in evening. Case of Diph.4 from Oakwoodmill. Got all the July – Sept. town accounts put up for delivery.

1 William ‘Willie’ Cochrane, gardener, was Inhabitant Occupier not rated at Whitmuirhall, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011700009-/333, Selkirk County, page 333 of 611]

2 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer; the Muir & Graham partnership had run their Straker Squire since at least early 1919

3 Janet Louisa Heard (1921-), daughter of Walter Heard, general labourer, and May Heard née Avery, was extremely ill with Diphtheria; the implication here is that she was at the Infectious Diseases Hospital by this time though Dr Muir had previously been seeing her at home at Castle Street, Selkirk

4 There was a nasty outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever which had been running in Selkirk since the summer of 1921 and continued into 1922

[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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