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

Tremendous N.W. gale + snow blizzards, one particularly bad one at 3.20 in a few minutes left everything white. The snow did not lie however except on the hills. I saw only 3 town cases + Hospital + motored to Faldonside to see Roy1 who has synovitis of his knee. Spent the afternoon at the summary cards – an awful piece of needless red tape drudgery – + dined at Elmpark2 with all the Wellwooders3. Ran down to Hospital in motor after dinner to see a child Young (Rob Young4 the gasman’s child) who has S. + D. [Scarlet and Diphtheria5] Spent a merry evening at Elmpark.

1 Robert Irwin Richardson ‘Roy’ Dees (1904-about 1988), son of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson who lived at Faldonside

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

3 The Wellwooders were John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005) who lived at Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk

4 Robert Young, plumber, Tenant at 91 Forest Road, Selkirk, and his son Adam Young, born 1920; see also diary entry for 28 December 1921 [source: 1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/163, Selkirk Burgh, page 163 of 644]

5 The prolonged outbreak of Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria in Selkirk was obviously continuing

[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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