1 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Entrance to Dovecot Park from Beechbank being made

A miserable May Day. Cold + drizzling rain up till the afternoon when it cleared. No wind to speak of N.E. Went over to Viewfield + altered the clamps on Peter Lamb’s truss1. Walked to Ettrick Road + Hospital where I took a lot of swabs + sent them to Kennedy2. Two cases of Diphtheria admitted from Simpson’s Square = Heatlie + Laidlaw3. Spent the afternoon arranging files of B.M.J. for 1918-19-20 + 21.

1 Peter Lamb is presumably the previously unidentified Mr Lamb who consulted Dr Muir for an “enormous Hernia” at Viewfield 2 March 1922 when Dr Muir noted that he was “a connection of the Blaikies of Comiston”

2 William Nicol Watson Kennedy (1888-1961), O.B.E., M.D., D.P.E., medical officer of health and school medical officer for Selkirkshire circa 1921 but by June 1921 recorded in a similar role in Croydon, Surrey (1921 Census taken 19 June 1921).

3 James Heatlie and Isabella Laidlaw, both millworkers, were at Simson’s Square, Selkirk but they are not recorded in the same document – see Valuation Roll for 1922 (Laidlaw) and 1923 (Heatlie)

[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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