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

Thaw + slush once more though not quite as bad as yesterday. There were 10 new messages this morning. I had a town list of 53 of whom I saw 38 including 45 patients [sic]. I sent a boy Davidson1 into Hospital with Diph., a very bad case. Palfrey2 was here twice for catheterisation. A man Henderson3 came in at night having split his thumb with an axe. Helen4 came back from Edin. with Mrs Mack5 at 6.

1 John James Davidson, aged 9 John James Davidson died 27 Jan 1922 at Inf Dis Hosp usual res Scott’s Place, aet 9, son of Margaret Davidson woollen millworker of Diphtheria 8 days J S M [1922, 778/ 10, Selkirk]

2 Charles Alexander Palfrey (1852-1923), dye-works manager, sometime of Broomfield, Selkirk; the son of Thomas Palfrey and Isabella Harrower, born 18 June 1852, Alva, Clackmannanshire [birth: 470/30 157, Alva]

3 Henderson is unidentified

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

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

[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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