24 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Change to S.W. + milder but by no means warm. Snow away from stable roof. Slight rain nearly all day. Motored Cycled to Riverside, Ettrick Mill, Hospital, Mavisbank + then motored to Dryden where there was a message to see Frank Cowan1. After lunch cycled to Linglie Cottages2 + Peelburnfoot3 + Allanlea4. Had to go to Hospital a second time to see Tibby Scott from Langhope5 with most septic Diph. Gave her a second dose of antitoxin 60006. Nurse Clark came7. Waugh from Viewfield8 came to supper with Helen9 + went to Picture Ho. Helen was clearing out the lumber room.

1 Francis Cowan (1882-), born Hobkirk according to the 1911 Census, though his birth was actually at Bowden, was the oldest child of Andrew Cowan, farmer at Dryden, Ashkirk and his first wife Helen Cowan nee Martin (died 1888 aet 33 at Kersknowe, Bowden), Andrew remarried in 1895 [1911 Census 773/B 1/ 1, page 1 of 6; Francis Cowan, 1882, 783/ 16, Bowden; Helen Cowan, 1888, statutory registers Deaths 783/ 7; Cowan, Andrew and Oliver, Bessie, 1895, 794/ 1, Kirkton (Roxburgh)]

2 It is possible that Dr Muir was at Linglie Cottages to see a member of the Bell family

3 Dr Muir had been attending Michael Glendinning (d.1922), retired farmer, tenant occupier of a house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish

4 Dr Muir had been attending Thomas Stenhouse (about 1865-1929), coachman, inhabitant occupier not rated at Allanlea Lodge, Caddonfoot

5 Isabella Laidlaw ‘Tibby’ Scott, aged 9, the daughter of Thomas Scott, farmer, and Jessie Scott née Anderson of Langhope, Kirkhope

6 Dr Muir is giving Antitoxin at a dosage of 6000 units, a subject of great uncertainty in the medical profession c.f. Ellison, J. B. “Dosage Of Diphtheria Antitoxin.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3697, BMJ, 1931, pp. 920–920, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25341309.; Grundy, Ernest. “The Rational Dosage Of Diphtheria Antitoxin.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3702, BMJ, 1931, pp. 1132–33, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25346616. or Joe, Alex. “Dosage Of Diphtheria Antitoxin.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 4446, BMJ, 1946, pp. 445–445, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20365888.

7 Nurse Clark has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year

8 Nurse Waugh has not been identified though it may be possible to do so when the 1921 Census is published later this year; Dr Muir referred to her in November 1921 so has been at Selkirk for a while

9 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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rumblingclint

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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