16 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind S. all this storm

There was more snow last night but still falling quietly. Today was dull + calm with a few grains of snow off + on all day. Frost still holding + the snow lying on trees. There must be 7 or 8 inches now. After seeing a few town cases Willie1 motored me in the S.S.2 to Lilliesleaf + Shawburn + Mavisbank. Then I walked after tea to Curror Street, Raeburn Place, Bridgelands + Hosp. Only 1 case of Diph. now + 9 Scarlet. Influenza increasing, saw 12 cases today3. After dinner gave Baptie4 a hypo of Heroin. His temp. is still 101. Helen better5.

1 Willie is not identified

2 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer, of Angel Road Works, Edmonton, Middlesex, see Straker-Squire; this car belonged to Dr Muir or to the medical practice and has been noted previously, see diary entries for 22 May 1919 and 11 January 1921

3 There was a prolonged outbreak of Diphtheria at Selkirk from early 1921 and now continuing into 1922

4 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

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

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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