19 February 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fresh: dull: drizzle at times. After seeing a few cases I went to forenoon service, the first time I have been at Church since Jan 1st. After Church I cycled to Bridgelands + Mill Street + then had to [go] back to the Hospital to see little Peggy Hunnam1 who has symptoms of Cardiac failure after Diph.2 Saw her again at night. Wrote Barbara3 + Nancy4. Helen5 very much taken up with baby6.

1 Peggy Hunnam is presumably Margaret Williamson Hunnam, born 5 July 1914 at 26 West Port, Selkirk; she was the daughter of William Hunnam, restaurateur, and Agnes Isabella Hunnam née Heatlie, married 13 May 1910 at Selkirk

2 The serious outbreak of Diphtheria had been running in Selkirk through most of 1921 and into 1922

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996), one-off Dr Muir’s granddaughters

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

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

6 The baby referred to is Esther Ramsay Harper, born 1921, daughter of Esther Harper née Ramsay of Kirkwynd, Selkirk; both had been brought in by Dr Muir in a state of crisis, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 17 February 1922

[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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