12 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Snow again! It is really most depressing. It was little more than a sprinkling+ soon disappeared but the wind went S.E. + then E. + there was no warmth. At night it was raining. I motored to Sprot Homes1 + found to my disquiet that D.2 (who had been at a confinement at Midlem Mill3) had just left. I had ‘Phoned him + Norah4 couldn’t tell me where he was. I came over by Lindean to Peelburnfoot. Walked to Hospital after lunch for another case of Diph. from Beechbank5. Helen6 went with Nancy7 to the meet at Borthaugh8 + was away all day.

1 A group of houses at Lilliesleaf known as Miss Frances Sprot Homes provided by the Miss Frances Sprot Trust

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Dr Graham was presumably attending the birth of John Cockburn Young, born 12 April 1922 at Midlem Mill, Bowden, Roxburghshire, son of James Turnbull Young, gardener, and Davina Melville Young née Durie, married 1907 at Edinburgh

4 Norah Campion Graham née West (1887-1971), wife of Dr David Charteris Graham (1889-1963), medical practitioner

5 The Diphtheria outbreak had been running since early in 2021

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

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

8 Borthaugh, Teviotdale, with Borthaugh Covert at grid reference NGR NT474,136

[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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